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Depreciation Guild, The - In Her Gentle Jaws Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 7.75
Production 8.25
Creativity 7.75
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 80%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.5
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 6.75
Production 8
Creativity 8.5
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 8
Average: 80%

Depreciation Guild, The - In Her Gentle Jaws

Reviewed by: Susan Frances (12/29/07)
The Depreciation Guild - In Her Gentle Jaws
Record Label: None
Release Date: December 5, 2007

The Cure can be credited for making shoegaze go global, but nu-shoegazers like Brooklyn’s The Depreciation Guild make blissful soundscapes and fantasy-bound sonic raptures fly even higher than the shimmering lifts and slopes of The Cure and ‘80s new wavers. The Depreciation Guild’s recent album In Her Gentle Jaws is reflective of a number of savvy nu-gazers and nu wave-revivalists like The Lost Ocean and The Cinematics, but The Depreciation Guild also branch outside of their musical influences with starlight glacials that are chiseled with a softcore punk pattering.

The Depreciation Guild are a duo formed by guitarists, programmers, and vocalists Kurt Feldman and Akira Hashizume who recorded In Her Gentle Jaws, but when Akira left for graduate school, Kurt recruited Christoph Hochheim to fill in Akira's shoes. Produced by Feldman and Hochheim, the album is both stimulating and superfluous, garbed in melodic pop vibrations that have waves of lively sonic splashes which sometimes become too long and drawn out. It’s an album to chill out to with a calming voice and cosmic rock clusters reminiscent of Hundred Year Storm.

The shimmering melodic-pop textures and lush tones of the electronica along with the rhythmic twitching that pipes through the title track “In Her Gentle Jaws,” “Sky Ghosts,” and “Darklooming” are nuzzled in the soothing lure of Feldman and Hochheim’s vocals. The melodic rock ringing in tracks like “Butterfly Kisses” and “Digital Solace” have punk-induced electronica that creates vibrating raptures and racing chord progressions which give these melodies a power pop thrust. The Depreciation Guild become more mellow on the super wispy, shoegazy melodies of “A Room, a Canvas,” “Parasol Parachute,” and “Water Window.” The music has a flowing, symphonic sound and a flaccid texture that makes it wishy-washy, and after a while, it makes these songs long and drawn out with a lot of superfluous phrases. The gentle, wavy movements of “Nautilus” have a comfy feel and a satiny glaze that segues into the closing lullaby “Heavy Eyes” which moves sweetly with similar soft lifts and slopes. The transitions are seamless and the chord shifts are virtually imperceivable. The guitars have a synth-texture which give the music an airy feel like they were strummed by cherubs.

The Depreciation Guild start the album off strong with punk-induced electronica in tracks like “Butterfly Kisses” and “Digital Solace,” but then they begin to fill the songs with superfluous phrases and effects that make the melodies feel slow and the movements become stifled. The sweetness of the music is attractive, but too much of it causes the listener to wander off or change the CD. Feldman and Hochheim report on their website that the album was recorded from January 9-16, 2007 at their friend‘s house, Derek Hawkins, which may explain why some tracks sound better developed than others if the duo was rushed through some of the songs to finish the recording. For fans of shoegaze, In Her Gentle Jaws is a must-have for their collection. For other music fans, the album has songs that will stimulate you and those that will make you feel drowsy, but either way, it is an excellent effort for a pair who are in their early twenties.

Recommended if You LikeThe Cure, The Lost Ocean, The Cinematics

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08:44 PM on 01/04/08
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I'm not a big fan of this type of music, but I love the album cover and title. Check out the band's website to download the album for free, and if you're feeling generous, drop them a donation as well.
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i just recently dl'd this cd, and its AMAZING. if u love late 80's and early 90's indie rock/noise bands, this may be up ure ally. Lots of distortion, mixed with nintendo beats, makes for a great sound. i cant get enough of them. i feel like i struck gold by finding out about them so early. hopefully they will be around to make a few other cds.
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