Drunk On Light
Weevil know how to play a certain type of electronic music, one that rides the genre’s softer textures and less pronounced rhythms. The touches of indie rock they display are vague and hazy, but never sloppy or unintentional, bending acoustic and electric guitars towards a more dulcet personality. Most important, however, is their fine ability to route a specific emotion throughout ‘Drunk On Light’ without ever once coming off as dishonest or callow.
The band attempts to return to a point where indie regularly dealt with distortion and electronic mashes rather than its current backward-looking personality, evoking bands like New Order, Seefeel, and My Bloody Valentine. The difference is that Weevil inhabit entirely a singular emotional point and maximize it with their seemingly perfected indie-electronic amalgam; ‘Drunk On Light’ constantly evokes the wistfulness, melancholy, and optimism intrinsic to the music’s very sound.
Vocals on the album are breathy and lithe, never once weighed down by a terrestrial note or inflection, and accompany smoothly every hum and slight guitar reverb by always blending in. They reach impressively moving heights on songs like “Too Long Sleeping,” “Half Smile,” and especially “No End Soon,” where the vocals have stand-alone parts that act simultaneously as connecting bridges for the song. There is great amnesty and ache in the lead singer’s voice, wringing out the emotions with impressive efficacy.
Now, the music itself may tend to suffer from a lack of any great differentiation. Tracks don’t merge indiscriminately, but their separations aren’t complete either since the entire album focuses on a very specific emotional range. There needn’t be an especially passive listen for the album to sound monolithic in construction, and the lighter shades of instrumentation make it easy for your ears to drift off into that passivity. Yet that ability doesn’t necessarily speak of the album’s deficiency of distinction, but its near perfect achievement of the sound they sought.
Indeed, if ‘Drunk On Light’ can be faulted for anything, it would be its vivid and thorough elucidation of its goals. ‘Drunk On Light’ manages to convey the vulnerability and romance found on something like The Postal Service’s ‘Give Up,’ except without a reliance on the same amount of gross sentimentality, and while it lacks great modifications, Weevil have a solid sophomore album under their belt. Let’s hope that, in the future, they’ll try to drink up the sun itself.
Release date: June 21, 2005
Rating: 7.3 / 10
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