Giraffes? Giraffes!
Rite Of Summer


3.5
great

Review

by Asleep: [on the forest floor] STAFF
October 5th, 2020 | 7 replies


Release Date: 05/20/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The summer that wasn't

For a while now, it's felt like life has been on hold. Not a clean, controlled, predictable sort of hold, mind you; more of a jagged, stuttering, vhs-tape kind of pause, exuding static and unsettling fragility. Don't get me wrong: I'm all up for a breather, for things to slow down just a tad. But this isn't a pause that feels, strictly speaking, good. Unnerving, hazy and obtuse: Rites of Summer is that uncomfortable feeling, intentional or otherwise.

Math rock (but not quite) and post rock (but not really) oddballs Giraffes? Giraffes! have dropped by to say 'hi' with a nifty 15 min EP, warping the bright and joyful tropes of acts like Enemies and Clever Girl into abstraction in a dizzying, colourful abyss. The winding, linear track feels as if it used to be warm and reassuring, yet, having been torn apart and stitched back together over and over again, has instead become something entirely other. Lethargic, elusive guitar leads bubble and effervesce throughout its runtime, gelatinous and/or fractal, anchoring the tie-dye-esque slop in place, but not really. As they plod, stumble and convulse around one another - sometimes uninhibited, sometimes drenched in fuzz, always noodly - it's difficult to know where one is, has been or is going, with tempos shifting abruptly, urgent pinks blending into lackadaisical greens. Drunk and lurching, the rhythm section adds very little by way of structure to the resultant trip, instead contributing to and building upon the air of amorphous restlessness. It feels ... well ... odd: major, but minor; happy, yet sad; refracted light through a cracked, stained glass window: a triumphant failure; a celebratory disaster; a ship without a rudder. The summer that never was.

And then, without warning, it just stops; unfinished, incomplete. Why? Because it isn't over ye-



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AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2020


7003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have written some vague things because I thought this was interesting and I got bored.



Hope you're all doing swell.



https://giraffesgiraffes.bandcamp.com/album/rite-of-summer

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2020


23686 Comments


Haha, love the ending, Ben, good stuff.

Never heard this band I think. Looks interes-

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2020


7020 Comments


nice to see some math, Ben

also love that ending

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SowingSeason
Moderator
October 5th 2020


36799 Comments


Interesting band name, cover art, review, and conclusion. I don't want to care about this release, but I can't resist now. Nice work.

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AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2020


7003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks frens.



Their 2nd LP, Pink Magick, is much better than this, but this is very tight and compact and worth your time if you have a handful of mins

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 5th 2020


15186 Comments


good band, will check

Danred97
October 5th 2020


2544 Comments


These guys are back!? I loved Pink Magik so I will be checking this



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