Released: 2006, February 8
Label: CarPark / Geographic North (2009 Vinyl)
I’ve almost posted this record several times… but then I had get all weird about it and force myself to wait for the appropriate month. To be honest the music contained within pretty much dictates that. The album is called October Language for a reason. Beginning with “I Never Lose. Never Really” the music creeps in like blissful fall weather until it rises up to a rumble and presses the full weight of its presence on to the listener. It’s the kind of stuff that could soundtrack the most profound of moments in a film - it’s everything you’ve ever felt bubbling up to the surface until those thoughts, every single thing you’ve ever felt, can no longer be contained and simultaneously raise their voice to be heard. Once you’ve been full enveloped in that moment… the song fades away like the fog of a brisk fall morning. This sort of feeling prevails throughout the entirety of this full length. Songs seem to just float in the air, almost formless, but then there are definitely notes even melodies that can be clearly picked out. It’s seems like something you might listen to if you were on the ultimate downer, but once you look beyond the face value of a casual listen, there’s plenty to get excited about. Aside from the opening track being so perfect, there’s also the gorgeous title track and “Who Told You This Room Exists?” (owing a debt to both MBV and Basinski?) which serve as standouts. The record’s cover also achieves the feat of obscuring the immediately discernable. The distressing and fading of the photograph expresses the feeling of passing time and the onset of seasons that are hinted at in the music.
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