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Sean Rizzo 10/28/11 09:24 PM

Weaver at the Loom - Before Now, Was Then
 
Weaver at the Loom - Before Now, Was Then
Record Label: Independent
Release Date: October 25, 2011

With the recent and quite honestly gratuitous review of the new Coldplay album, I thought it only right and good to bring attention to what Coldplay should be doing right now. The essence of such a lofty feat is captured in the newest release of the Minneapolis-native ambient disciples known as Weaver at the Loom, titled Before Now, Was Then. To claim that such a minor and disregarded band has transcended their highly major and very much elder sibling is not something that can be done without a good deal of evidence, something I am more than willing to articulate, and something Weaver at the Loom have provided with an intensely specific beauty and finesse previously untouched--even by the other relatively unsung greats such as Jonsi and Hammock.

Peeling back every layer of this beautifully tailored suit graces us with a full understanding of just how great Before Now, Was Then is, and I suggest that my dear readers focus on adding each layer one by one with each listen after they have become acquainted with the general nature of it. The most immediate and consistent of these layers is also the meat of the common soundscape: thickly ethereal ambient tones that fall somewhere in the central vicinity of a few things: a double-medley of the infinitely towering Coldplay-esque atmosphere with soothing post-rock textures, a strong dash of trance-like electronic beats and subtle electronic modifications, and artificial synth melodies which have a mellow depth that is best described as a liquefacted form of the overall ether. The spirited flame produced by just this single layer is something that can never be put out. However, lest the gentle warmth suffer near-complete obscurity by being categorized into the rather standardized ambient stress-relief new age typicism that's been around for at least 20 years, it would only be prudent for more layers to be added.

Next we come to the more active layers of the album, greatly amplified by the previously evaluated base. This encompasses two very key components, the first of these being the beautifully gentle and unexpectedly lower-ranged crooning of vocalist and songwriter Dan Smith, as the usual vocal signature of this subgenre is in the much higher leagues of Jonas Bjerre or Jonsi Birgisson. Instead, we are given a lower firmness similar to Coldplay's Chris Martin, and some welcome jazz-tinged nuances of John Mayer and The Reign of Kindo's Joseph Secchiaroli. Smith's vocals throughout each track are dreamy and soulfully soothing; brimming with emotion but not overpoweringly so, and with perfectly placed background harmonization to boot. The second key component is the percussion, surprisingly powerful for the genre in comparison, rolling slowly along and firmly imposing its authority on the tempo of each track. Lastly, the keys help fortify the well-established jazz flavor twist along with the vocals, and the more textured riffs allow the ambience to encompass the ornamentation of post-rock, rather than merely settling for ambient pop. An intriguing assembly, indeed.

Weaver at the Loom have made defined progress from their original EP, if only in terms of honing, concentrating, and further expanding upon the sound they established previously. I Was Searching and I Found doesn't lack life per se, but the newly found vitality brimming inside their latest offering has clearly been transformational in terms of the impact their work will have on listeners in the hereafter. I've already been exposing this album to some friends of mine of varying musical backgrounds. All of them loved it, and two were especially stricken by it. Coldplay, please take note.

Recommended If You Likea better Coldplay, This Day & Age, Jonsi, Radiohead, The Album Leaf, hints of All the Day Holiday, Lydia, and John Mayer

External LinksFacebook, Myspace, Twitter, buy it on iTunes, you won't regret it

White 10/28/11 09:32 PM

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Sean Rizzo 10/28/11 09:43 PM

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Jennurna Gray 10/28/11 10:11 PM

I love Sean's reviews.

Sean Rizzo 10/28/11 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Jennurna Gray (Post 97146542)
I love Sean's reviews.

I love torture dunk things, but not swimming because it's too dirty.

Steve Alcala 10/28/11 10:33 PM

Sean, thanks again.

Steve Alcala 10/28/11 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Jennurna Gray (Post 97146542)
I love Sean's reviews.

I love your avatar

Sean Rizzo 10/28/11 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by buhbee94 (Post 97147092)
Sean, thanks again.

You're very welcome.

Quijiba 10/29/11 08:05 AM

this album is fantastic. Also great review. I fall into the category of star struck, been a while since i've come across a band and fell in love immediately

low_rising 10/29/11 08:08 AM

woah, album rules man, thnx for introducing me to these guys.
also great review.

Jennurna Gray 10/29/11 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Sean Rizzo (Post 97146922)
I love torture dunk things, but not swimming because it's too dirty.

You are a trendy, tatty dude. I'd love to stay and talk, but brb I have to hula hoop.
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I love your avatar

Thank you! It's oil painting called Hollow Ruin by Esao Andrews.

White 10/29/11 10:42 AM

I just want to say that I commissioned this review.

Go me.

Steve Alcala 10/29/11 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Jennurna Gray (Post 97154762)
You are a trendy, tatty dude. I'd love to stay and talk, but brb I have to hula hoop.

Thank you! It's oil painting called Hollow Ruin by Esao Andrews.

I know :P I'm a big Esao fan! :)

Jennurna Gray 10/29/11 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by White (Post 97158002)
I just want to say that I commissioned this review.

Go me.

Go you!

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Originally Posted by buhbee94 (Post 97158252)
I know :P I'm a big Esao fan! :)

Really? So why aren't we already friends? :-)

Steve Alcala 10/29/11 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Jennurna Gray (Post 97168092)
Go you!


Really? So why aren't we already friends? :-)

That is the question :)

Jennurna Gray 10/29/11 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by buhbee94 (Post 97168612)
That is the question :)

Hi, I'm Jenna :wave:

Steve Alcala 10/29/11 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Jennurna Gray (Post 97170022)
Hi, I'm Jenna :wave:

Howdy, Jenna :wave:

I'm Stephen :hug:

Shakriel 10/29/11 11:04 PM

Good review. I remember stumbling upon the EP a few years ago, and I still regularly play it and I am glad that he was finally able to continue with more music.

Clintoto 10/30/11 10:25 AM

Am I the only one who thinks this release is a step back from the debut?

Steve Henderson 10/30/11 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Shakriel (Post 97181702)
Good review. I remember stumbling upon the EP a few years ago, and I still regularly play it and I am glad that he was finally able to continue with more music.


I agree completely. The wait for this album was long and painful but oh so worth it. This record is so thoroughly gorgeous it gives me chills. Weaver is about as close to a replacement for Copeland as I can ask for these days.

Steve Henderson 10/30/11 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Clintoto (Post 97192222)
Am I the only one who thinks this release is a step back from the debut?


Yes.

Shakriel 10/30/11 11:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve Henderson (Post 97195042)
I agree completely. The wait for this album was long and painful but oh so worth it. This record is so thoroughly gorgeous it gives me chills. Weaver is about as close to a replacement for Copeland as I can ask for these days.

I had long given up on him making anything new until he released two demo songs a few months back, reigniting my hope for a full length. I would agree with Weaver being a close replacement to Copeland (RIP...). The wait reminds me of the current one I have for a new Umbrellas album. Been waiting even longer for that one.

Clintoto 10/30/11 03:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve Henderson (Post 97195072)
Yes.

Damn... Nothing really stood out to me, to each his own I guess.

Sean Rizzo 10/30/11 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve Henderson (Post 97195072)
Yes.

Hi Steve. I'm actually surprised people like the debut more, and I'm even more surprised about the Copeland comparison.

Ryan Gardner 10/30/11 09:47 PM

Consider me very interested in this. Will check out

Steve Henderson 10/30/11 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Sean Rizzo (Post 97207722)
Hi Steve. I'm actually surprised people like the debut more, and I'm even more surprised about the Copeland comparison.

Well I wouldn't say they sound directly like Copeland, but more that Copeland fans would like Weaver.

Sean Rizzo 10/30/11 11:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve Henderson (Post 97230182)
Well I wouldn't say they sound directly like Copeland, but more that Copeland fans would like Weaver.

Ah, I see. That makes much more sense.

Travis Parno 10/31/11 08:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Clintoto (Post 97192222)
Am I the only one who thinks this release is a step back from the debut?

Nope

stoike 10/31/11 11:04 AM

I do not disagree. I think the debut was staggeringly good. I love the new album, but the debut had a bit more depth. Of course, the debut was done with the full band, and Dan played everything on "before Now, Was Then", which is why there is a bit of a difference in sound, such as the (lack of) live drums. Both albums are stellar, but the debut gets a slight edge. JMHO

Bruycker 10/31/11 11:51 AM

I think it's hard to compare the first EP and this album although you can still hear it's Weaver at The Loom. I loved the EP so much (especially "Without fear of their return). But this is a great progression. The Build-up in "Simple Rules" is one of the best I've heard in recent memory. Dan his vocals are so good on this album. I love how "We're Wild Animals" starts almost the same as "You Can't Evade Them". Just dropping my random thoughts. It's a stellar album.

Clintoto 10/31/11 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Travis Parno (Post 97236112)
Nope

YUSSS! I was beginning to wonder if I was listening to something totally different.

all time (joe) 10/31/11 12:30 PM

SOOOOO happy that he finally released a new album and that it's getting recognition.

billyboatkid 11/02/11 01:53 AM

Love love love it. All of it.

FromHereOnEvan 11/03/11 04:56 PM

My old band played with these guys a few years back. Absolutely staggering live, and some of the nicest dudes on tour. Gotta be sure to get this one at some point.

Bruycker 11/04/11 09:08 PM

I can't get over how good this album is. With the possibilities we have nowadays it's way too easy to download an album and write it off after just one listen. And when true quality comes along it still has the power to take over your playlist for weeks. And that's exactly what this album did for me. The atmosphere, the lyrics. At this moment I'll say that this is my favorite album of the year and it shouldn't go under the radar of people who really love honest, good music.