Indoor Voices — Animal (Feb. 14, 2020)CANADA emoji                   Indoor Voices — Animal (Feb. 14, 2020) Indoor Voices — Animal (Feb. 14, 2020)♦  Při recenzi je tendence chtít vyprávět příběh o albu, skončit na poslední scéně, kde odhalíte, co si o něm nakonec myslíte. U alba „Animal“ by se o alternative~ambient~gazer stylu Jonathana Relpha, natočeného v Torontu (nahrávání jako Indoor Voices) jen dokolečka žvanilo. To by bylo špatné, protože album to je brilantní a je urážlivé počkat, až to skončí. Když nějací cizinci konečně přijdou, aby Indoor Voices posoudili za všechny jejich chyby, měli bychom jim dát „Animal“ a říci, že to učinil jeden z nás, nedokonalých lidí. Možná to bude stačit.
Animal I know.
They came along, unbolted the lock.
(They know how.)
They hang around.
They open the door for wolves, now.
Animal I know.
♦  Formed in the latter half of the first decade of the 21st century, Indoor Voices is the pseudonym for multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Relph.
♦  Animal is “heartbreakingly beautiful, terrifying, melodramatic, and contains a visceral exigency that abides the world over.” — 9/10 Alisha Mughal (Exclaim! Magazine)
“Whether this is shoegaze, dream~pop, ambient or soundscape doesn’t matter. This isn’t music, this is emotion made solid.
♦  When the aliens do finally arrive to judge us for all our faults, we should give them “Animal” and say that at least one of us made this. Maybe that will be enough.” — Jimmy & Mark (WhiteLight//WhiteHeat Blog)
♦  “...a rare sensitivity and an explicit ability to conceive textures and sound atmospheres that often pass between euphoria and tranquility, in an almost imperceptible way, but that disturb all pores of our more sentimental and spiritual side.” — Joao Tavares (Man on the Moon Music Blog)  Location: Old East York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Style: Shoegaze
Album release: February 14, 2020
Record Label: Independent
Duration:     42:07
01. He Won’t Fight   4:46 
02. Better   4:49 
03. I’m Just Fine   3:51 
04. Heart   3:44 
05. Wrong Wrong Wrong   4:02  ‘ 
06. Always All Ways   4:17 
07. They Hang Around   4:25 
08. Animal   4:35 
09. Less Problems of Joy   3:17 
10. No One   4:21
♦  All Songs Written, Recorded and Mixed by Jonathan Relph
♦  Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 Mastered at SPS Mastering by Simon Scott (Slowdive)
♦  Special thanks to: Cheryl, Seija, Jeremy, Maja, Sandra, Alisha, Adi, Chris, Simon, Liam, Amber, Greg, Elizabeth and everyone else who has supported, believed in and validated my art in some way shape or form. I treasure your kindness.
By Alisha Mughal ⌊ Feb 12, 2020 ⌋ Score: 9
♦ℜ♥    Do you remember tinkering with a Casio keyboard? Holding down certain keys and moving down the row to each subsequent note? You might have been aspiring to a certain etherealness, something that you felt intuitively to be right in your mind, some thing that might have moved a Russian countess to tears. This is Indoor Voices’ hypnotic Animal. It is ethereal and right — in a refined way, though.
♦ℜ♥    The less you know about Toronto~based Indoor Voices and its vocalist Jonathan Relph, the better. Animal consists of ten tracks, five of which are ambient, and the other five are dream pop songs mastered by Simon Scott of Slowdive.
Mystery is very becoming of Indoor Voices; the music speaks for itself, with many feelings layering it. Its waves are dictated by raw emotion and the electric currents floating about our brains.
♦ℜ♥    Song titles seem to almost chronicle a haunted tale, from “He Won’t Fight” to “No One.” Right when you think you’re getting better, you fall and keep falling. There’s something that snares you in, and keeps you inside via its vulnerability, its mirror reflection. It’s the spiritual, wordless narrative that is passed down from track to track, from person to person.
♦ℜ♥    It’s difficult to decipher what Relph is saying on the tracks that contain lyrics, for example the devastatingly beautiful “Always All Ways,” but this doesn’t matter much. You can tell, from the tenor of his voice, from the time the beat keeps, from the urgency of the bass. You can tell from the feel of the song, and you can make it your own regardless of what Relph desires. And that’s the beauty of this record: it’s heartbreakingly beautiful, terrifying, melodramatic, and contains a visceral exigency that abides the world over.
♦ℜ♥    A lot of the atmospheric tracks, like “They Hang Around,” serve an almost therapeutic or medicinal purpose in the sense that they steady your breathing, they will calm you down. This is a beautifully strange album that is a success on a reflexive level — its hymnal beat is like religious revelation or psychic awakening.
Also: Fabrizio Lusso ⌊ 21st February 2020 ⌋