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The (Im)possibility of Longing
Self-Released

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The (Im)possibility of Longingis a barrage of trance-pop. It feels like an attack: the band layers snippets of rhythms and melodies on top of one another until you're lost in a poppy haze. For the most part, this is done with talent. The more you try to concentrate on each song, the dizzier you feel.

And below this plethora of strange time signatures and thick textures, they've placed a number of surprises and outbursts: "Non Servium"'s bubbly melodies unexpectedly sink into a vacuous lake of ambient sounds for 45 seconds, only to return to the song as if nothing ever happened. "Gunsmith" marries a strange, heavy wall of rock with light sections of polyphonic keys and guitars. The polyphony joyfully continues without end (that is, for three long minutes) - the band plays many notes, even changes the tempo a few times, but it all seems to be going nowhere - like a man trying to dig a hole with a toothbrush; he then hits a hard rock core, and everything ends in glorious confusion.

The (Im)possibility of Longing's main flaw is that it sounds too artsy. Their engaging music often ends up sounding more like an experiment than a genuine experience. This is mostly due to the vocals, which generally have a light yet pretentious, wishy-washy tone; although on "Julius" and the title track they're simply annoying, making the output sound like anti-music. The band employs a unique style, but they need to wield it better and sound less artificial.

Reviewed by Josh Kazman
No infro.

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