Submotile
Sonic Day Codas


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (71 Reviews)
May 11th, 2021 | 18 replies


Release Date: 05/08/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: serene formlessness

Besides affording me the ability to throw tons of pretty adjectives at it and still sounding like I kind of know what I am talking about, my favourite thing about shoegaze is the genre’s relative formlessness. It’s a unique type of formlessness when constructed in an appropriate, careful manner, and could even be used as a means of measuring the quality of a record. Does it make you feel like you’re wandering through a hazy field? Does the music appear almost intangibly fragile, like bright clouds drifting through anything in the way and assuming vague, gorgeous shapes? Adjectives, adjectives. You get it, though: the more a shoegaze album allows you to get lost in its distorted waves, the better it is. Surprise: Sonic Day Codas is a really good shoegaze album.

The second full length by Dublin duo Submotile is an exercise in all that makes the genre great, spinning abstractly lingering glimmers into an immersive, complete experience with enough remaining space to attribute unique meanings to each moment. While Sonic Day Codas’ opening moments present a clear continuation of the band’s previous work with its bright, upbeat dream pop stylings, ‘Sunflower’ soon transforms its peppy acoustic guitars into several dense layers of nearly indistinguishable distortion. Retaining this energy, the album channels its buoyant textures through gorgeously opaque aesthetics, constructed by clashing and interlocking floods of sound. Whether it’s ‘Arcana’’s remarkably heavy choruses crashing into view and complementing its subtle verses or ‘Cyanotic’ constructing an excellently obscured soundscape based on a simplistic, compressed bass line, the album never loses sight of its intangible beauty.

As such, it’s unsurprising that Sonic Day Codas’ highlights can be found in its longer tracks. ‘Anhedonia’ is a gorgeous centerpiece, condensing all of the album’s accomplishments into a slow, heavy six minutes of unrelenting shoegaze perfection. Daniela Angione’s gentle vocals appear embedded in the ebbing and flowing of the song’s dense mist, demarcating the music’s wonderfully esoteric nature while simultaneously filling its voids with unadulterated serenity. Similarly, ‘Waves of Life’ closes the record on a blistering note, dissolving intricately subdued drums in its meandering post rock, increasing in mass until there is nothing left. Its melodies appear brilliantly fragile; elongated to the point where any tiny movement could seemingly annihilate its entire framework, yet elastic enough to ensure that each particle would float right back into its perfectly lingering position.

Sonic Day Codas may not present anything inherently new, but its excellent interweaving of ethereal sounds makes for a wonderful record. Submotile have crafted an abstract album to get lost in, while never losing track of its undeniable beauty. When it comes to shoegaze, there is hardly a better compliment.



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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
May 11th 2021


3094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shocker this is good shoegaze check it here: https://submotile.com/album/sonic-day-codas

if you listen to anything from this make it 'anhedonia', song is stupidly beaut

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sixdegrees
May 11th 2021


11511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tyfys

AaroN911
May 11th 2021


3052 Comments


will check, good review short and sweet

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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
May 11th 2021


2414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This looks nifty, thanks for bringing to my attention Jesper!

Ryus
May 11th 2021


23905 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for some reason i thought this was electronic when i saw the cover on the front page



looks good tho will check

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PumpBoffBag
May 11th 2021


1005 Comments


great review, this sounds cool

Ryus
May 11th 2021


23905 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

anhedonia is so good

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
May 11th 2021


3094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx!!

anhedonia is wonderful, glad you enjoyed it ryus :]

Divaman
May 11th 2021


11491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya sold me. I'm gonna give them a whirl.

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Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
May 11th 2021


2414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This didn't blow me away, but very solid shoegaze nonetheless. Can't complain about that!

Pikazilla
May 11th 2021


17080 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is dece neetgaze I guess

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
May 11th 2021


3094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hope you enjoy diva, n nice sunny!

top tier neetgaze™ yes yes

Voltimand
May 12th 2021


1261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gets an extra .5 for drum presence, solid footwatching

Bilbodabag
May 12th 2021


59 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good to know I can count on you Jesper to keep up with any shoegaze releases. That Radio Supernova album you reviewed earlier this year is my AOTY so far so I'm excited to check this.

Bilbodabag
May 12th 2021


59 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright after listening a few times, I'm really digging this

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2021


3094 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah dope bilbo!! i'll always be here reviewing bandcamp gaze haha, glad you're enjoying this :]

sixdegrees
May 15th 2021


11511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Vital Signs has a very satisfying drone-y guitar part

Jasdevi087
May 17th 2021


6699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Microdosing" fucks



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