Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gem Club: Breakers (4.5/5)

Joshua's Top 10 Albums of 2011
#5 of 10

Year: 2011
Genre: Piano-driven Atmospheric Melancholy
Label: Hardly Art
TRT: 37:49

Christopher Barnes channels the essence of melancholy and brings to mind "slowcore" pioneers Slowdive, while Barnes' haunting vocals are reminiscent of the Norwegian band The White Birch. Using his voice and his piano (with occasional help from cellist Kristen Drymala), Barnes creates immense atmospheres that are at once arresting and engrossing. His lyrics captivate your imagination, and whether hopeful or tragic, they come across with a sense of urgency and honesty that is sorely lacking in music these days.

01 Twins
02 Breakers
03 Lands
04 Red Arrow (John)
05 I Heard the Party
06 Black Ships
07 Tanager
08 252
09 In Wavelengths

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