RELEASE: A Long Period Of Blindness
RELEASE DATE: 02/03/15
RECORD COMPANY: Lady Sometimes Records
Emotion pours from Roman 3 piece Weird’s latest album. It is melancholy without being self-indulgent, reflective and controlled rather than hysterical. But it is not bleak, we’re offered hope, light and redemption as we should be from the Eternal City. This album feels considered in its creation, both in terms of the songwriting and production. Each sound is necessary and carefully selected. That doesn’t mean it is sparse, however, it’s rich with texture and melody, especially on those guitar lines.
The Circle is Closed Except Where it Bleeds opens this heavy, heady collection with its shamanistic swamp blues riffage. Current single, Dead Wax is a downbeat waltz through shimmering cymbal, with restrained washes of distortions. Emotion flows through the Reverb-soaked slowness of The Sound of Your Heartbreak, with its sighing cries and building intensity. (Cresendo) seems to mark a change in feel, it’s more hopeful, with its uplifting harmonies. There’s a glimmer of hope. That’s kept alive through the soaring intro to the well-named Gaze. Its chiming guitars and melodic bass line lifts us up to the light. Squealing in with a powerful howl of guitars, Swans slows into a brooding groove. The title is a fitting metaphor for this record. Beautiful, composed and graceful on the surface, but there is definitely turmoil somewhere, maybe deeply buried, long ago.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.