Big|Brave
nature morte


4.6
superb

Review

by jesper STAFF
February 22nd, 2023 | 64 replies


Release Date: 02/24/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: have faith in me, for i'll not ever err

It claims you”.

nature morte’s opening statement is quintessentially Big|Brave: explicitly all-encompassing, yet abstract in scope. Yet, rather than sticking to this familiar realm of abating incarnations of matter and muted shiftings of space, the band’s new album takes a deep breath and develops into an explicitly personal work, directing its destruction at and around the tangible.

It’s a change that isn’t instantly noticeable: at face value, nature morte is every bit as sludgy and overwhelming as the band’s previous output - its tones distorted to the point of devastation; Robin Wattie’s vocals demanding cries isolated within the sonic rubble. Yet, the aftermath of Big|Brave’s strikingly subtle collaboration with The Body on 2021’s Leaving None But Small Birds can be felt in every crevice of the record. More than ever, songs are propelled by detail and, in their own twisted ways, intimacy. One such spark of proximity presents itself within these first few seconds of nature morte: this opening statement indicating that “it claims you” instantly reveals this “it” to encompass “a disease for keeps”. While Big|Brave’s soundscapes are dense enough to affect by themselves, the relative vulnerability of these sparse lyrics add a degree of delightful discomfort to the record. A similarly impactful revelation emerges some eight minutes into ‘the one who bornes a weary load’ when a buildup of tension and unidentified annihilation accumulates in the desperate shriek that “it happened to be me”. While its full force hinges on the listener’s patience, the sheer corrosive anxiety of the implosion can be felt regardless of context.

Such moments of texture-shattering intensity are enveloped in songs that ebb and flow with gratifying irregularity. In persistently defying expectations, Big|Brave frequently bypasses traditional form entirely and constructs its own unique sphere of sonic operations. Before ‘the one who bornes a weary load’ capitalises on its slow, overwhelming patterns by means of total disintegration, the song presents an energetic, distorted riff. This riff remains unaltered and unaccompanied for over a minute: well past the point of edge-of-your-seatisms, forced into a space where the subsequent transformation to a much less energetic, entirely crushing number somehow makes perfect sense. With each passing moment, nature morte constructs its very own logics: a set of rules that are opaque and inherently detached from whatever may exist outside of the record.

The nine-minute epic ‘the fable of subjugation’ feels like an ultimate culmination of Big|Brave: it’s the type of deeply twisted love song that can only be part of this record. By incorporating the extremes of the band’s sound - from haunting drone to explosive post metal - each section of the seemingly sweet story is painted uniquely and ambiguously through the band’s disparate codes. Passionate declarations of affection are shrouded by all-encompassing crashes of sound, rendering the words ”your beauty - it’s so hard to behold” too literal for superficial comfort. The means by which the track makes way for three minutes of one simplistic yet highly effective pounding rhythm is reminiscent of the way nature morte as a unit builds up to its closing cut: one of distorted calm and explicit vulnerability. ‘the ten of swords’ accumulates its subdued force through the experience of the record’s contorted world, arguably a strength and a weakness at once, and requires no frills to paint the record’s final glimpse of dread. The league Big|Brave are continuously uncovering is one of their own: not explicitly inviting, but altogether demanding and utterly rewarding.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2023


5550 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

out this mf friday let's GO

while trying to post this review my laptop installed something, this might be the end of me

oh well

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2023


61288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

new boris when

Snake.
February 22nd 2023


25303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hype

Slex
February 22nd 2023


16801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So excited

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2023


6035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hype (2)



Good writeup, Jesper!

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2023


61288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

review good, but



"Big|Brave frequently bypasses form entirely"



i'm not sure this actually means what it should mean hm

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2023


5550 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

thank!!

i think i can fix that with an extra word i will adjective it up when i am not on cellular device

Azog
February 22nd 2023


1070 Comments


Now this is a very nice surprise. I just love this band.

Also, yeah, well done Jesper!

Aluktodolo
February 22nd 2023


565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can’t wait to listen to this. Great band and great people.

ThyCrossAwaits
February 23rd 2023


4019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I heard the first song awhile ago and just put it on again in anticipation. I’m still startled by how ABRUPT it is.

Azog
February 23rd 2023


1070 Comments


Yeah, the abrupt start of the first song sure feels a little awkward. But this lasts for just a few seconds. I really like those two songs on Bandcamp. Can't wait to play the album @ home.

MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2023


3069 Comments


Oh heeeeeell ye Jesp! loved the last one, good to hear the passion coming out for this'n

ThyCrossAwaits
February 23rd 2023


4019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Au De La is great, Ardor was really bland, and they’ve just been getting better over the last two records. Really excited for this.



Also TIL they have an album before Au De La

Azog
February 23rd 2023


1070 Comments


https://bigbrave.bandcamp.com/album/feral-verdure

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2023


5550 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

i am big|passion about this milo!!

tis out today go jam, prob def a top 10 alb of this year

MarsKid
Emeritus
February 24th 2023


21035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A big 4.6 and a big review, good shit my man.



Will check!

Slex
February 24th 2023


16801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a hell of an album phew

North0House2
February 25th 2023


6153 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow. I'm way too high for this rn.

Jasdevi087
February 25th 2023


8146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

almost had to five it because of the tones on that third track ...fuk

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2023


1973 Comments


This album holy shit



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