Coals
Sanatorium


4.0
excellent

Review

by jesper STAFF
March 30th, 2024 | 12 replies


Release Date: 03/22/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ^.^

It's fairly easy to find descriptors for Sanatorium - glitchy, indie pop, catchy, Polish, polished, very good - but it's fairly difficult to get to the root of its excellence. That's not to say it's a complex record; quite the opposite. Songs are brief, catchy, and ultimately highly focused. However, within that focus lies a deep appreciation for the sonic dissonance that defined the duo's previous record, the essential early-lockdown companion Docusoap. Where that album continuously allowed itself to get lost in abstractions (to mostly great results), Sanatorium opts to incorporate such textures as a filter for its snappy songs.

Opening cut “nowy świat” is straightforward in its composition and sheer catchiness, but also persistently underscored by trippy, borderline eerie patterns. Similar contrasts can be found all throughout the record, but each cut’s dissonance assumes different shapes to fit with and enhance a unique sonic vision. “w południe” transforms itself into a wonderfully groovy dream pop moment by way of (all the) vocal manipulations, whereas “batalija” yeets itself headfirst into all things oddball dream-trance seemingly for the hell of it and pulls it off effortlessly. However, in spite of all of its expansive experimentations, the penultimate “^.^ bryza” forms Sanatorium’s very best song by distilling all these strange and concrete elements into two hip-hop fueled minutes of catchiness. It showcases vocalist Kacha at her most effectively diverse while allowing producer boi Łukasz Rozmysłowski to construct a tiny sonic playground for her tones to bounce around in. In essence, it accomplishes everything Coals set out to do and showcases the duo at their most abstractly direct.

In spite of the ground covered by Sanatorium, it rarely feels overbearing. As Coals shift their way through several styles and vibes, the album retains a clean, glitchy atmosphere that transforms each cut rather than being shaped by their individual stylistic choices. As such, the entire record feels deeply committed to its soundscape - even if “kurort” and “wuj” mostly fail at their flirtations with a more bombastic approach. Thankfully, these two missteps only take up a combined four minutes and are ultimately fine songs that simply feel like a lesser fit for the duo’s stunningly sanitised sound. Sanatorium’s duality is a brilliant one: come for the hooks, stick around for the oddities littered throughout. Whether it’s the gorgeous melodies of “ferie x lat temu” or the disorienting whimpers in “plaza”, this album is worth digging into.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2024


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

here's nowy swiat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o58DuxLxCG4

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2024


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Hi friend

This review is the good

Gonna check this

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2024


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woo yay ty i hope you enjoy! band deserves some recognition beyond poland :]

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2024


60206 Comments


oh damn is this the one with That Song??

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2024


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes! it's the ^.^ one!

Manatea
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2024


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

:D

^ me after listening to this

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2024


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah!! glad you vibed

Brabiz
April 2nd 2024


2185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn this goes so hard

Purpl3Spartan
April 2nd 2024


8450 Comments


Will check

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2024


60206 Comments


JESPER WHY IS THIS STILL NOT ON SOULSEEK

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2024


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IDK!! LISTEN TO IT SOME OTHER WAY!!!



and lfg brabiz hell yeah

jeanfreddy
April 5th 2024


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. I should add that maybe you missed to hear the Rosalia, Kali Uchis influences in some base rhythms in the first part of the album. That´s why the depart from the triphop from Portishead and go into a unknown universe.



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