Cold Collective
Weathervane


5.0
classic

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (101 Reviews)
December 8th, 2021 | 32 replies


Release Date: 12/03/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: art lives on

I’ve been trying to write this review of Cold Collective’s new album Weathervane for a while now. How should one start writing about a late vocalist’s final record, pieced together by his bandmates after his passing? What’s the rulebook for this situation - do you start by mentioning that Tim Landers passed away a few years ago and was mostly known for his guitar work on pop punk outfit Transit’s music? Do you indicate that the album’s beauty is twofold; it’s not merely a touching tribute, it’s also a collection of excellent songs? Truth is: I don’t know. There is no rulebook for this, and much more importantly, there’s no rulebook for a band making one final album using the art of someone who no longer exists; someone who has no input on anything that subsequently comes into existence. All you can do is that which feels right, and as bleak as the situation surrounding Weathervane may be, its existence and quality feel entirely right.

Throughout its sixteen tracks, Weathervane explores several corners of mid-2000s inspired emo, finding a middle ground between punk and indie rock, persistently grounded by Landers’ wonderfully weathered voice. As such, his vocals act as an anchor, guiding the album from songs that sound like demos - likely because they are - to the more fully developed cuts. Yet, the demo-like nature of some tracks does not detract from the album’s quality whatsoever: if anything, the tasteful implementation and contrasting of such moments adds to the experience’s authenticity. The one-two punch of ‘Forever, For Nico’ and ‘Quicksand’ demonstrates this perfectly: the former, a delicate acoustic breather, complements delicately unclear imagery (“All alone I was a polygraph / But I’d wait here for two / Half hope and a flagstaff / From a blood moon eclipse / To the holes in my shoes”) with equally distorted production, like a preserved message from the past finally finding the light it deserves. ‘Quicksand’, on the other hand, boasts a blistering concoction of riffs, drums and lyrics that could hardly be clearer: “I’d rather be hated for who I am / Than loved for who I’m not”. The contrast between the songs is a highly loveable one that is simultaneously smoothed over by sheer heart: the passion for the music is palpable, no moment is left to waste.

As such, Weathervane comes with no pretences: each song appears to be constructed in a way that feels intuitive, and consequently, exactly right. On the expansive ‘I’m Sorry (Idiosyncrasy)’ this means allowing the song to breathe on go on the journey it describes; on ‘Wait For It’ this means properly highlighting the excellent chorus hook. Besides having managed to make the hour-long experience completely filler free, Cold Collective’s biggest feat can be found in their ability to respectfully finish the songs that may not have been fully completed by Landers. ‘Downhearted’, for example, retains its appealingly incomplete aura while, somewhat contradictorily, also feeling like a fully accomplished track. The band do not try to fill in empty space in ways that cannot be replicated; instead, the track boasts a delicate interplay of guitars and bass during its bridge, acknowledging the undeniable void while enhancing the song at the very same time. Similarly, the grungy undertones on songs such as ‘Secondhand Smoke’ and ‘Little’ add to the record’s atmosphere in unprecedented ways: the combination of sheer catchiness and a hazy atmosphere adding a sadly fitting air of melancholy.

At the end of the day, Weathervane should not have sounded the exact way it does, and yet, it is perfect for what it is. It’s never trying to be anything it’s not: instead, it’s a tribute to a wonderful musician; it’s a celebration of life; it’s a varied collection of sixteen excellent songs. As such, the album feels like a small but important feat against humanity’s eternal war with death: Weathervane ensures that every sound is in its right place, even when not everyone can be in the right place. Tim Landers forever.



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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2021


3817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hope i did this justice, thx to slothsam for nudging me to write this

5 dollars of every vinyl sale goes to the addiction recovery house tim stayed at: https://riserecords.com/collections/artist-cold-collective

normaloctagon
December 8th 2021


8044 Comments


Beautiful rev not sure this is up my alley based on the recommended section but gonna peep anyway

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SlothcoreSam
December 8th 2021


3820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules hard!

Great tribute to Tim's legacy and great write up Jesper.



Feel like a lot of people here would love this album.

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SteakByrnes
December 8th 2021


25947 Comments


Really nice writeup jesper

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2021


3817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks guys < 3

and agreed, can see a lot of ppl here digging this (fingers crossed)

SlothcoreSam
December 8th 2021


3820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There are so many highlights on this album

At the moment my Favourites are;

I saw the Night Die

Wait For It

Secondhand Smoke,

And I still think Tim's voice sounds sounds like Milky Chance at times

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2021


3236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really wonderful review Jesper. Gonna give this a spin as soon as I'm done with the Zao album I'm currently jamming, this could very well not be my thing but the review struck a chord.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2021


44266 Comments


Woah jesper you are a cookie with such sensitivity! love this

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WatchItExplode
December 8th 2021


9485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good work bud. This needs broader attention.

FadedSun
December 8th 2021


2888 Comments


Why does the review rating say 5, but your rating in comments is a 4?

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2021


2802 Comments


will this break my top 10?? I hope not because I'm not ready to shift my rankings again

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2021


3817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you :] hoping some/most/all of you will get something out of it (and that it requires top 10 shifting from ty hehe)

faded: i enjoy this at the approximate 4 level but a 5 felt right for this 'review'.. if that makes sense. idk what are numbers

Colton
December 8th 2021


13665 Comments


cool art

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2021


44266 Comments


tyman i have a hunch that you'd be better off deleting that ranking wholesale :]

Gyromania
December 9th 2021


33442 Comments


I saw the night die sounded great

Kind of got some say anything vibes

SlothcoreSam
December 9th 2021


3820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I get Say Anything crossed with Milky Chance vibes.

MotokoKusanagi
December 9th 2021


4290 Comments


was just on a Transit kick the other day. really digging this and RIP

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2021


2802 Comments


"tyman i have a hunch that you'd be better off deleting that ranking wholesale :]"
sounds good

Pikazilla
December 9th 2021


20630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

transit are poop but I will check this anyway

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2021


10249 Comments


review made me feel 🥺



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