Label: Downtown - DWT70357 • Format: CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Ambient, Post Rock, Indie Rock
Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina's debut album as Houses was a chillwave-y collection about their time hiding out from reality and living off the land in Hawaii. Its follow-up is a drifty, ambient concept album in name only about a couple Say (Trance Arts Remix) - Various - Driving Trance Volume 09 by a nuclear holocaust and trying to reunite.
Houses relocated from glo-fi enclave Lefse to Downtown Records for their second album, undergoing major renovations in the process. The production upgrade from their debut is significant, but you spot the real difference even before you push play.
A typical song introduces itself with a four-bar pattern of reverberant piano chords; after the gaps in between are filled in by starlit synth twinkling, that pattern may alter slightly. The songs become increasingly spacious without ever achieving a crescendo and they fall into a rumpled heap after about five minutes of prodding from an unyielding kick drum thud. And then they do it all over again. Tortoriello ranges from a resigned David Gray to a hungover Chris Martin, and he certainly takes pains to let you know this is sad music; note the Peasants - Houses - A Quiet Darkness repeated lyric concerning the white wings of god and birds falling into the hands of decay.
They get to this sweet spot by borrowing sugar from their neighbors in the arena-synth game. What A Quiet Darkness needs is contrast. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Share on Facebook Peasants - Houses - A Quiet Darkness on Twitter Open share drawer.
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