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Blusom
Go Slowly All the Way Round the Outside
Second Nature Recordings

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Go Slowly All the Way Round the Outside is a mood-swing and a half. Blusom has their distinct, emotional highs and lows, each of which contribute to each other: "On Glass"' giddy and bubbly disposition makes the proceeding, entrancing silence in "X-Photo" all the more potent, just as "X-Photo"'s minimalism puts you in the mood for "Fireside Iconoclasm"'s claustrophobic, metallic warbling, and so on.

Impressively, Blusom's consistent and distinct style keeps the album cohesive. The vocals are intimate, the music lo-fi and humbly produced. A central acoustic guitar supplies a folksy, organic feel, yet Blusom knows their way around a few amateur synthesizers. "Versus Techno" and its static-filled synthesizers and spacey background sound like the distant, nostalgic memories of a defunct robot: "Counting along/ 1,2,3,4,5/ always a different beat/ always alive." "Iceland of Greendland?" is also beautifully arranged. Rhythmic samples of water splashing and the light hum of an electric organ back a melancholy, classical guitar melody -- the song has the natural, homemade production feel of Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane over the Sea.

For all of Go Slowly All the Way Round the Outside's tempo changes, Blusom remains negative. The only difference between "Iceland or Greenland?"'s line "Are you lonesome? And are you cold?" and "Off of Cliffs"' "You're never gonna be happy with/ the way the curved roads straighten out" is that the former is sung slowly, the latter quickly. Despite all of Go Slowly All the Way Round the Outside's ups and downs, Blusom never quite escapes from the depressed, bedroom-artist cliche -- look elsewhere for happy music. Given the limited appeal, Go Slowly All the Way Round the Outside should be wholly appreciated in the right hands.

Reviewed by Josh Kazman
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