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Syllable Section - Linear Views

  by Mark Rowland

published: 8 / 7 / 2010

Syllable Section - Linear Views
Label: Syllable Section
Format: CD


Abrupt-sounding art rock on debut album from experimental Chicago-based group, the Syllable Section

Let’s get one thing straight from the start; 'Linear Views' is not for everyone. Most of the album’s songs flit by in just under two minutes, but most have enough changes for a song double that length. It is full of weird little sounds, time signature changes, and Mathew Marquardt’s bleating vocals – a sort of cross between Conor Oberst, Animal Collective’s Avey Tare and a sped up David Bowie – will definitely leave some people cold. But if you can get past these things, there is plenty to get out of ‘Linear Views’. Though it never sits still for long, most of the songs on ‘Linear Views’ are very melodic and atmospherically interesting; sort of an aural equivalent of a Tim Burton drawing. It’s difficult to pick out individual tracks from ‘Linear Views’, as they segue into one another without any clear distinction. Closer ‘I’m Alright Where I Stand’ is distinctive for its six and a half minute length and instrumental middle section. ‘Doesn’t Happen Much’ is a stand out early track, and ‘Direction and Go’ uses quiet/loud dynamics really well, but at the end of the day, 'Linear Views' is a single piece that you either get, or you don’t.

Track Listing:-
1 lazy life
2 doesn't happen much
3 loneliness is where it starts
4 direction and go
5 normalcy
6 obscurities gift
7 down
8 miscellaneous #5
9 motionless mood
10 I'm alright where I stand

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