Remora CD review [Silber]

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Remora CD review [Silber]
Dec 13, 2005, 03:28

REMORA Enamored CD

Remora's songs don't do very much and they utilize extended periods of time to do it and minimal musical ingredients… but quite nicely. The virtues and intent of each selection is stated right at the outset and not subsequently varied or developed; they are just continued ad nauseam. This is as good a musical portrayal of stasis as you'll ever find; this might be the tune that concrete hums to itself on a cold winter's day. Comparatively, it makes Eno's early ambient work seems like Bach played by Yngwie Malmsteen.

“Champion” opens the proceedings with a soft, deep drone underneath a rudimentarily plucked guitar line and laconic singing. “Let It Die On the 4th of July” stems from gently strummed, crudely tuned guitar. “Sorry” is a simple, repetitive bass line nested among vague waves of guitar feedback, salted with long single notes blown on Melodica. And so on.

The basic principles are sound enough, just not enough to warrant active listening for long periods of times. Works fine as unobtrusive sonic wallpaper. In all it seems as it'd be a worthwhile and better served starting point to mold more pronouncedly structured material from. [Silber]

-Howard Wuelfing

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