Record review: Antibloom – EP

a2802514358_10Antibloom rock hard, and they don’t care who knows, or rather, he doesn’t care who knows.

The new release from Findlay (as much of a name as I could get about the man behind the project), titled simply ‘EP’, is presented under an alias, which normally speaks for itself about the intentions of the people behind it.

Here, it’s in the interest of making some weird music, and he certainly succeeds at that.

The outside of this EP suggests something heavy, the fiery cover art connotes a gothic-rock influence; the song titles recall elements of hardcore.

Thankfully, Anitbloom is neither of those genres, instead splicing their image with something a little more unconventional, the battle plan is laid out in three longish songs that journey through the blues, alt-rock and metal landscape and never settle for any particular style.

‘Gutsmile’ takes the cake early, starting slow and taking its sweet time with Joy Division-esque building blocks of guitar and bass alongside ominous drumsticks, before being spliced together with two entirely different sections with no regard for key.

One is probably the closest Antibloom will ever come to a sing-along chorus; the other has Findlay screaming the title as the music spirals between two chords, neither suggesting a neat conclusion; it kept me warm the entire walk home one freezing night.

‘Chest Pearl’ is somewhat a drag at almost five minutes, but the cryptic lyrics and often off-key vocals draw you further into the EP’s sense of drama.

It’s around this point that you realise that, at least on record, Findlay isn’t much of a talker, but the songs would be ruined with too much singing anyway.

This is reinforced by the wordless ‘Traxxter’, which blooms around a summery bass riff, letting the guitar provide splashes of colour in a section filled with inventive riffs, that’s infinitely more interesting than the pointless power-chord passages that split up the track.

Antibloom is all about creating a mood, atmosphere and a particular scene, which is confirmed by the increasingly desperate-sounding ‘Terminator’ dialogue that peppers the final track.

Considering the image that Antibloom seems to present, it’s confusing that the EP closes with the happiest song, and downright unsettling when the last word we hear are “I love you, I always have”, but this clearly is someone who isn’t letting any sort of rules about presentation bind him; the music’s the one speaking.

When I first started reviewing music I thought I had it all worked out, that I’d know everything about a piece of music instantly and nothing would surprise me, this is the latest in what will surely be a long line to have me scratching my head; cliché as it is, this isn’t music that can be summed up in a sentence, and if that does eventually happen to Antibloom, the person writing the sentence has missed the point.

The lyrics leave a lot to be desired and I’d suggest a re-ordering of some of the song structures if I wasn’t acutely aware that this disregard of rules for the purpose of experimentation, this is exactly what’s going to attract people to Antibloom in the first place.

Unpleasant to most, unimportant to some, and very special to a select few, I don’t really know what to think of it, and neither will you.

Apparently he’s looking for band members? Get in touch.

Words: Andrew Maguire


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