As just a "site-fan" I want to write a review on this too. Goddamn, how can I become an "employee" here?
Honestly, I picked this up on Friday and have had no clue what to think of the effort until recently. Unmap
is a beautiful experiment. It's mix of cacophonous hums and heaves and ho's of instrumentation catches the ear off-guard, especially if one expecting a follow-up to For Emma
. But what we must understand is that Vernon isn't interested in playing easy music.
It's the minute graces of this album that keep you coming back for more listens. It finally pierced me while I was falling off to sleep in a hotel room in Walnut Creek this past weekend. This is headphone music. This is rain music. This is music for every season. Vernon has turned his catchy and beautiful falsetto into fragmented sheets of ice that break off of unlocatable icebergs. These are hymns for the twenty-first century.
I was sad to read that "Still" was the least favored among these tracks. I actually never heard "Woods," even though I have heard bits of Bloodbank
. "Still" is the song that pierced me to the core and left me gasping for breath. It's a song that beckons you to fall on your back and drift through the dreamscapes Vernon only leaves you to image; the dreamscapes where his harmonious visions come to life.
I love AP.net for loving this music.
P.S. Does anyone get an "Amazing Grace" feel from "Youlogy?"