Acopia
Acopia


4.2
excellent

Review

by jesper STAFF
November 30th, 2023 | 16 replies


Release Date: 11/24/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: music is scary // bleep bloop synthdrem

Being an intense consumer of music can be tiring at times. As the year draws to a close, signalled by the Spotify wrappeds and the Sowing awards, I find myself comparing 2023’s overall output to previous years. It’s nowhere near as good as last year, it’s better than whatever 2016 was, why has shoegaze not been as strong as other years, what even is my aoty, why do I do this to myself?

Yeah, poor me, listening to music and thinking about it sure would take a toll on anyone. However, perhaps it’s this inherent, nah, obsessive necessity to be in tune and up to date with all that is happening in the music(nerd)osphere that makes me appreciate albums like Acopia’s self-titled record. It’s a body of work that feels delightfully detached from whatever the hell is going on outside of the Australian outfit’s tiny corner, and instead simply focuses on putting forth some excellent music. Derivative? Maybe, but does that really matter when every twist is equal parts soothing and intriguing? Perhaps it does, perhaps it does not, but Acopia is a wonderful way to unwind and clear your mind before relistening, as it sounds even better with fewer thoughts clouding the experience.

For the most part, Acopia orbits a trippy, synthy take on dream pop. Kate Durman’s vocals secure the ethereal aspects of the band’s sound, while their surrounding soundscapes are not as fuzzed out as one may expect. Thankfully, this works in Acopia’s favour; moreover, it is this very direct nature of the instrumentals that makes otherwise floaty hooks stick. “Be Enough” and “Holding On” feature highly memorable choruses, unapologetically shifting the focus to poppy patterns and carrying this confidence all throughout the record.

However, Acopia truly excel when exploring less predictable textures and diving headfirst into more experimental and patient waters. The album’s second half takes a multitude of risks that all pay off in their own unique ways: “What I’ve Been Looking For” transforms a downtempo-infused soundscape into a hypnotic, drum-fueled cut, whereas closer “Work It Out” is a wonderfully organic ambient track that manages to retain the spacey aesthetics of the album, largely due to Durman’s gorgeous vocal performance. Moreover, amidst the array of genres Acopia subtly explores, the one-two punch of “Take You For Granted” and “This Conversation Is Getting Boring” stands tall. The former allows the trio’s quirks to assume the spotlight while basking in mesmerising swells, whereas the latter adopts a delicately trance-leaning approach to define and propel its hazy atmosphere.

In spite of its many sonic trips, Acopia manages to stick to a clear palette and never feels overwhelming. This sense of serenity amidst the experimentations might just be the record’s greatest feat: it is perfectly fine to drift off, let go, be engulfed. At the same time, it is possible to admire the music from a safe distance, far enough not to worry about music as a whole, but close enough to appreciate the inherent and inescapable beauty of this particular piece of music.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2023


5439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

tldr gorgeous electronic dream pop, back half is incredible, listen to this

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2023


5833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jamming now, m/

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2023


60230 Comments


jesper are you the cop

Purpl3Spartan
December 1st 2023


8460 Comments


cool

Hawks
December 1st 2023


86765 Comments


Bout 2 jam this so ahrd.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2023


60230 Comments


lfg
jam closet witch also

Hawks
December 1st 2023


86765 Comments


Have that one saved on Bandcamp 2 also jam. M///

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2023


5439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

hope you enjoy sunnyhawk!!

i am not cop i am cope

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2023


5833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this slays. Wonderful find Jesper!



Gonna be giving this some more listens, stay tuned, it may crash my top 25 for the year.

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2023


5439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

hell yeah sunny, happy to hear it! fingers crossed it makes the top 25 :]

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2023


32015 Comments


This is nice Jesp, reminds me more of Daughter than of Two People so far.

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2023


5439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

oo interesting! i've never been able to get into daughter, should probs give em another shot soon

neekafat
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2023


26052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Be Enough is veryyyyyyy nice

neekafat
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2023


26052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Jesper you’d probably love Ex:Re which is the solo project of the Daughter singer, very uniquely depressive/vibey

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2023


5439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

sick will check, sure love depressive/vibey

efp123
December 25th 2023


247 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Back half indeed shines



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