Monday, January 19, 2004

disinterested - 'The Past is Never Far' (2003 - Skean Dhu)

My only qualm with the cd 'The Past is Never Far' by disinterested (a.k.a. Matthew Emerson Brown) is that, while the title aptly prepares you for the material inside, the band's name reflect an blasé attitude not apparent in the emotional feel of the album itself. But, hey, it's a great thing when that is the only problem.

Melancholy and tender, 'The Past is Never Far' reminds me of early Projekt Record's releases, with more concentration on guitar-instrumentation than lush synth textures. The tracks vary between spatial ambient work and songs whose wall-of-guitar sound borders on shoegazer. They are, for the most part, instrumental, laying the groundwork for more of a environment than a set of catchy tunes. That's not to say vocals do not pop up here and there, but their effects are much more subtle and, instead, contribute more to the texture of the song, rather than for the words themselves.

An excellent soundtrack to a rainy day, or gray Cleveland winter, as the case may be.