devilsplender | ring the bells cause we're swinging hammers

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ring the bells cause we're swinging hammers

by devilsplender

Music that gives you all the emotions. This album should move you.
Genre: Rock: Math Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. happiness
8:05 album only
2. intoxicated e-mails
5:03 album only
3. how do i get out?
5:55 album only
4. another holiday
4:08 album only
5. later tonight
3:00 album only
6. airwaves
4:07 album only
7. sinking ship
4:12 album only
8. far too long
7:38 album only
9. rich boy blues
12:07 album only
10. afriad to grow
4:16 album only


Album Notes
Recording in his apartment, playing all the instruments himself, Devilsplender has managed to complete three albums in the last two years, with two released in the last year alone. He's kept a low profile, gigging sporadically but mostly keeping to his home studio, existing in the margins of the local music scene. While that kind of standoffishness often results in self involved, impenetrable noodling, Devilsplender has not only been actively releasing music, he's also dramatically changed throughout the process, especially with this album. Working alone, isolated from regional influences (country rock, pop punk) he lives in a universe where a static, found noise track like Air Waves can bump erratically against the sweet, shambling melancholy of Sinking Ship and feel exactly right. There's a lot of experimentation going on here, and a seeming desire to cast off any stylistic preconceptions. How else to explain a once committed rocker starting the album with the slow building, elegiac eight-minute instrumental Happiness, or drenching his vocals in distortion for Intoxicated E-mails? Slowing down, absorbed with texture and melody, the jerky, uneasy feel that always seemed implicit in his music is now made explicit. The points of reference widen, from jangly confessional songwriting to droning, methodical post rock and beyond. Outside influences aren't just in the songwriting; for the first time, other musicians can be heard. Eric Newby pops in with a nifty melodic solo on the unabashed pop rock of Later Tonight, while Robin Hunter's eerie, transfixing lap steel occasionally swims to the surface of the apocalyptic Far Too Long. Having turned a corner with this album, it should be interesting to see what Devilsplender comes up with in the future, whether as a full fledged band or working on the more experimental aspects of his sound.
Stay tuned, if you can find the station..... Tom Murray



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Sad Eyes

Raw talent shows great potential - how long will they stick around?
Great hooks in this album. Every song has a string of sounds that pull at the heart strings. There is real yearning here and real potential. An album for thinkers and dreamers and all those in between.