The Bronzed Chorus' I'm the Spring | Record Review | Indy Week
Pin It

The Bronzed Chorus' I'm the Spring 

(Hello Sir Records)

click to enlarge 10.14musreviews_bronzedchor.gif

Instrumental Greensboro duo The Bronzed Chorus has a secret weapon behind its intense though spare post-rock approach: Brennan O'Brien is able to drum with enough power and dynamics with just three of his limbs that he doesn't need his fourth. Well, at least not for drumming: During live shows, O'Brien's left hand mans a keyboard that sits just next to his hi-hat, supplying guitarist Adam Joyce with a sturdy bass counterpoint. Live, it's interesting to watch, but can such utilitarianism translate well to a record?

Yes, it seems. On I'm the Spring—the Triad twosome's second studio disc—O'Brien and Joyce benefit from the freedom of playing just one part at a time, as well as significantly cleaner production than that of debut LP thurtythurty, a two-day project tracked in Joyce's bedroom. Their compositions and attention to detail become a bit clearer, and they're able to communicate beyond the build and the climax.

On opener "Underpass Sunrise," the 30-minute disc's standout, a squirrely guitar hook chimes incessantly, winding its way through a drum build and a thick keyboard throb. The lead line explodes through a fit of distortion, spilling out over pounded skins. As the final passage kicks into double time, Joyce's strum spirals out of control. The duo shatters the track into shards and spent shells. Meanwhile, "Tiny Oxen" is a slow riser that gradually adds drama before teasing a huge climax. With its intoxicating shimmers, closer "E.D.W.D. On Georgia" appropriately delivers the band's biggest finale.

These tension games are nothing new in indie rock, and The Bronzed Chorus isn't stretching the vocabulary or palette of its instrumental peers. But the duo's bare-bones approach still yields something substantial, suggesting that there are still crevices they can explore in this familiar form.

The Bronzed Chorus plays a free show Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10 p.m. at Tir Na Nog and at Duke Coffeehouse at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Tickets are $5.

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Record Review



Twitter Activity

Comments

I'm all in on this album. Love the sound, love Amelia's soaring vocals. She brings a humanizing element to electronic …

by aburtch on Record Review: Sylvan Esso Refines its Slick Synth Pop Formula on What Now (Record Review)

This record is "All Over the Place". I mean that in the best way possible.

by hubbble on Record Review: Trust Trandle's Comfortable Instrumental Hip-Hop (Record Review)

Most Recent Comments

I'm all in on this album. Love the sound, love Amelia's soaring vocals. She brings a humanizing element to electronic …

by aburtch on Record Review: Sylvan Esso Refines its Slick Synth Pop Formula on What Now (Record Review)

This record is "All Over the Place". I mean that in the best way possible.

by hubbble on Record Review: Trust Trandle's Comfortable Instrumental Hip-Hop (Record Review)

Love it! All the songs are beautiful!

by Jon Champion on Record Review: The Return of The Veldt, The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation, Is Great (Record Review)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation