Sunday, 7 December 2008

Tenebrous Liar - Tenebrous Liar's Last Stand Album Review

Tenebrous Liar's second album combines the lo-fi indie of Slint with the post punk misery of Joy Division to great effect

Alongside Everett True, Tenebrous Liar's lead singer Steve Gullick is widely acknowledged for his role in bringing underground American music to UK audiences in the early 1990s. We shouldn't be surprised, then, that his musical ventures are clandestine, grave and melancholic affairs. With his vocals deep in the mix of dystopian guitar hooks and solemn drumbeats, it's at times difficult to decipher what Gullick's singing about. But it's safe to say it's pretty, well, tenebrous. The band's second album, Last Stand, at times recalls the miserable post-punk of Joy Division and occasionally the lo-fi indie of Slint's brilliant Spiderland. Alongside the excellent instrumental jam Sour, Alight stands out as the album's highlight; the fuzzy undercurrent of a rising guitar eventually cedes to a coherent riff - one of the few moments of clarity on an album that seems to revel in confused and formless depression. One of the darkest albums of the year.


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