Wasted Space
like summer, but colder


3.5
great

Review

by Erwann S. CONTRIBUTOR (29 Reviews)
December 10th, 2020 | 26 replies


Release Date: 04/10/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When the banal becomes the adventure

How many recent reviews started with an unoriginal summary ranting about how the current pandemic situation impacts our daily life? Way too many, and this one is going to be no exception, because like summer, but colder is a pure representation of said situation. Auteur/mastermind Mikey Montoni, a college starter, is an apt representative of the generation that has it different: starting college - supposedly the best years of your life according to American Pie - when every opportunity to be and feel young is inexorably nipped in the bud is ironic at best. In this period, Montoni was thus stuck home. When you are stuck at your parents' house, the kitchen becomes the studio.

In such conditions, this debut album - like most lo-fi recordings - embraces its limitations. The tracks are properly bleeding by sometimes tapping into in-the-red levels, each fault thus being spotted immediately. Yet, the recording process gives the project its soul, the sound-quality becoming an active element of the music. Yes, it sounds like it was taped in the kitchen, but recording into a communal room - sometimes needed for other purposes than recording, like, uh, cooking - gives the songs a vibrant undertone. They are short and urgent, as if - well - they had to be recorded fast. Despite this global imperativeness, the mixing is cleverly done as each instrument is distinguishable (in your face …And Justice for All). The bass accordingly takes on the most prominent role on some tracks ("the sickest jumpshot this side of new hampshire", "crying and ***ting and eating spaghetti"), while some post-punky tones dominate "everybody thinks you're a fake but i believe in you (p.s. if you are a fake dont tell me i dont want to know"). However, the album's very own edge lies in its way of making riffs and dynamics shine. The record indeed starts with emo dynamics on opener "poison ivy", while a post-rockian crystalline riff overlooks the punky structure on "crying and ***ting and eating spaghetti".

The best exercise in dynamics is to be found on "joining the mile high club", accentuated by a crunchy bass and subdued guitar lines. Another bravery moment happens on "everybody thinks youre a fake…", where a ghastly post-punk tone sets, well, the tone before shouted vocals and distorted guitar take over the preceding motif in a pure angsty emo climax. Whereas passion is disseminated throughout the whole twenty-eight minutes, the intensity is pushed to 11 when hardcore punk linings appear here and there ("the sickest jumpshot"). Of course, this constant energy overflow does sometimes result in less refined passages: some guitar tones on "profound yet self-aware midwest emo song title that has you in stitches" dangerously lean towards the grinding side of dissonant, and the vocals at times testified the singer's many ciggy breaks, like during the chorus of "crying and ***ting…". Still, these problems soon fade away. What mainly remains is the songwriting, and the huge heart this record possesses.

If the midwest emo song titles have not been a sufficient signal, like summer, but colder is a discharge of emotions; the kind that makes you want to CTRL+ALT+DELETE your life. The problem is, you cannot simply call a task manager to brutally end whatever toxic task/person is ruining your current situation. Factor in relatives that do not understand you, and all that's left is self-therapy ("i want therapy, but i cant afford anything but this guitar"). Do not expect a self-flagellating tirade though, as Wasted Space instead acutely describes the times during which it was created (have I already told you 2020 was a ***ty year?). The apathy enforced by the lockdown - "ive got no job and ive got no home and ive got no money so ill just get stoned" - attempts at self-improvement - "one of these days i'll change my ways" - or the confrontations that created the ok boomer meme - "tired of fighting to be heard against a tide of angry veterans who wanna shoot more people from other continents" - all document how youth feels in 2020. So, sure, it might sound like the typical emo "me-against-the-world" lyrical content, but it rather represents a vibrant life statement. In such times, the banal becomes the adventure, simply because there is no place for adventure anymore. For the most mundane event to become extraordinary, it thus is necessary - and sufficient - to start telling it.

This album is a fucking adventure.



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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2020


6283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Send some strength to madrigal y'all! They even got together a whole band, listen to their latest single: https://wastedspacepa.bandcamp.com/track/calendar-year



Stream: https://wastedspacepa.bandcamp.com/album/like-summer-but-colder

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normaloctagon
December 10th 2020


3672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

8 is 1st!



nice rev. will check this after grant gr33n. didnt know madri made tunes!

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parksungjoon
December 10th 2020


25412 Comments


woah u reviewed this

i liked this when i heard it earlier in the year!

cheers

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2020


6283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yah we gotta support users' projects!

madrigal30
December 10th 2020


1130 Comments


thank you so much for covering this dedex, and thank you to anyone who's listened an enjoyed it, this made my day :')

Bedex
December 10th 2020


2518 Comments


madri < 3 woop woop

great rev dede, do double check the brackets in 2nd paragraph i felt like some weren't closed

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2020


6283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thx bb, fixed

SlothcoreSam
December 10th 2020


2885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Great review Dedex.

And great album Mikey.

I've been bumping your Spotify numbers all year, might be time to head over to bandcamp and show you some SLOTH-LUV.

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madrigal30
December 10th 2020


1130 Comments


slothhh it means a lot

normaloctagon
December 10th 2020


3672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is freakin awesome

Bedex
December 10th 2020


2518 Comments


wholesome

Divaman
December 10th 2020


7659 Comments


Nice job. I'd give you a pos if I could. Instead you'll have to settle for some positive vibes.

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2020


6283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks mate, posi vibes are always welcome 🤙

garas
December 11th 2020


5453 Comments


I'm just here to show some love an appreciation for both mikey and dedexbro.
Invisible pos!

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2020


6283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

😘

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 12th 2020


64726 Comments


"like summer, but colder"



.......spring?

madrigal30
December 13th 2020


1130 Comments


or fall, or winter, or try not to think about it too hard i was really high when i came up w title and tracklist

parksungjoon
December 13th 2020


25412 Comments


>.......spring?

grats bro sesame street be proud

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 13th 2020


64726 Comments


"or fall, or winter, or try not to think about it too hard i was really high when i came up w title and tracklist"

but spring is the only one that is actually sort of like summer, at least with the way the seasons work here in canada. shit is green, the sun is out etc... fall and winter don't be like summer here.

parksungjoon
December 13th 2020


25412 Comments


only seasons u need to know are the ones in the abyss

!!!



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