Saturday, January 20, 2007

The For Carnation - s/t (2000)

The For Carnations recipe is simple. Or more accurately, simplicity. With ex members of Slint, their modus operandi is to take the most basic principles of the formers sound and play them out over long dark expanses of time. The result is an extremely bleak and delicate framework of carefully placed notes and rhythms. Some songs drift by barely noticed like creeping shadows on the wall, others warp the air around you, building a slow and steady terror. The pulsating beacon of Being Held is near the point of utter devastation before a heavy beat brings it all together with menacing result. Nothing is in excess, and nothing is wasted. Even the vocals are bare and minimal, evoking a darkness not unlike the cover art. Despite the sparse use if instrumentation the songs slowly lurch into a deep and murky voodoo blues groove. The songs have a definite slow burn and almost a sexiness, like watching a flickering fire dance before your eyes. The playing and production are tops and richness and texture of the songs is very evident on repeated listens.

As of now, I know little of what The For Carnation is up to other than a handful of Slint reunion shows. I believe members worked on various other release from different artists on the Touch & Go Record label and also the Louisville, Kentucky scene that spawed them. Whatever the case is, these people should clearly all be making more music whichever form they choose. Don't ya think?


Anonymous thepoacher said...

Brilliant record, like being inside the awful pulses of someone's neuroses.

2:26 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

awesome description. it can be both comforting and terrifying.

2:29 PM  
Blogger David said...

any chance of a re-up of this?

12:36 PM  
Blogger Ryan McGreer said...

seconding the re-up request pretty please.

11:45 PM  

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