Music
Review
+-

Tilbury: Exorcise

Published July 4, 2012

When I heard Tilbury was a supergroup of sorts (with members from Skakkamanage, Jeff Who? Moses Hightower, Valdimar and Hjaltalín) rumoured to be flaunting a Belle and Sebastian fixation, I imagined the outcome would be uninspired and pretentious dog shit. Indeed, the attention this band so quickly generated condemns it to high expectations.
What strikes me first is how amicably complete and fully-fledged the band are on their first release. Their sound and tone are fully realised and they are their own, although, yes, there are faint nods to Belle and Sebastian (that cinematic feel) and, to a larger extent, latter-day Mercury Rev.
I like how the dreamy pop meets the wistful, cold synthesizers and electronic beeps and pops, which gives the whole album an underlying dark and foreboding edge. The performance on ‘Exorcise’ is flawless and the production plays into the sparse and stripped down arrangements, thus all the record’s parts are out in the open for you explore. This makes for a rewarding headphone experience.
My gripe with the album is its flatness. It’s too controlled and disciplined. I need more rise, conflict and collisions. I started longing for some excitement, gusto or change of pace after the third number, the brilliant “Slow Motion Fighter.” Thankfully “Picture” comes to the rescue and we’re off to the races again, all the way to the end.
Although not without its faults, ‘Exorcise’ fascinates and deserves your attention.


Culture
Album review
Sinian

Sinian

by

Over the past few years, the dance music consciousness has seen drum and bass make a return from the wilderness

Culture
Album review
The Freak Is Alive

The Freak Is Alive

by

Jesus to the effing Christ how desperately I have waited for this album to finally drop! This review was fully

Culture
Album review
‘Your Joyous Future’

‘Your Joyous Future’

by and

Muck’s latest endeavour catapults them to heretofore-unreachable heights, perfectly capturing the band’s intense stage presence. ‘Your Joyous Future’ can be

Culture
Album review
Bitter & Resentful

Bitter & Resentful

by

Well, he isn’t really, although he comes close on “The Lovers” a giddy duet in which he and his female

Culture
Album review
The Tower Of Foronicity

The Tower Of Foronicity

by

Psychotic from moment one, “You Drive Me Insane” explodes into your consciousness like plunging down the first hill on a

Culture
Album review
Innra

Innra

by

Rökkurró’s third album ‘Innra’ (or “inner”) comes to us four years after their quiet but stunning sophomore outing, ‘Í annan

Show Me More!