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Choir Boy - Gathering Swans - Import CD Limited Edition

Choir Boy - Gathering Swans - Import CD Limited Edition

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Rock

Alternative/Indie

April 12, 2020

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Catalog No.: DAIS147CD

JAN/ISBN: 011586670228

Number of Discs: 1

Country/Region of Manufacture: Import

Credits:

Choir Boy

Description:

Featuring a rejiggered lineup behind frontman/songwriter Adam Klopp (bassist Chaz Costello is still on board), Gathering Swans is the second full-length from Utahs Choir Boy. With a gap of four years in between, the album expands upon their debuts murky, forlorn synth pop, offering more resonant beats and denser mid-range shimmer all around. The first track, Its Over, creaks and groans over gentle, rudimentary piano in the opening seconds before keyboards, guitars, and echoing, pitched electronic drums join in. Effectively setting the tone with a breakup song, Klopps mournful, lilting vocals are as full of regret as the tinny instrument timbres are flush with sparkle. This partly sunny atmosphere lasts for the duration of Gathering Swans, while musical variety is delivered by way of wide-ranging tempos, versatile basslines, and texture, as on Happy to Be Bad, a song whose stomping beats and downcast post-punk aesthetic manage to cut through the borderline noise of ambient layers of humming synths and electronics. Elsewhere, the self-descriptive Complainer, which features one of the albums more dynamic vocal melodies, opts for a brisk tempo, bouncy guitar hook, and overall brighter demeanor despite its self-depreciating lyrics. The album closes on a plaintive power ballad of sorts, Gathering Swans, which adds string voices, brass, and church bells to its lyrically hopeful refrain. For listeners receptive to the albums oversaturated 80s filter, sporadically indecipherable lyrics, and tendency toward songs that arent so much catchy as immersive, Gathering Swans offers emotionally and physically moving fare with a stylized sound applied with admirably thick brush strokes. ~ Marcy Donelson

Tracklisting:

1.It's Over
2.Toxic Eye
3.Complainer
4.Nites Like This
5.St Angela Merici
6.Sweet Candy
7.Shatter
8.Eat The Frog
9.Happy To Be Bad
10.Gathering Swans

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