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2:54
The Other I

2:54 — The Other I [November 7th, 2014]

              2:54 — The Other I 
¬•   Druhé LP britských sester pokračuje přesně v místě, kde nás jejich debut opustil.
¬•   Grandiózní a místy dramatický, éterický a rozcuchaný v jiných pasážích. Existují zde jasné ozvěny The Cure, Tori Amos, Smashing Pumpkins a dalších ponurých 80’ a 90’ arche~typů. Je to goth? Jistě, ale je tu stále ještě dost drtě post–punku a krapeteček driftu shoegaze, aby album zachránil před metrosexuály v českých rádiích.
¬•   Pozdní Mark Sandman používal termín “implicitní grunge” při popisu své vlastní kapely, Morphine. Je to výstižný popis také pro 2:54. Přístupné a zarputilé na povrchu jsou nuance, které vás lákají více a více, až zanechají své stopy ve vašem podvědomí.
Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Album release: 07 November 2014
Record Label: Bella Union
Duration:     50:40
Tracks:
01. Orion      4:38
02. Blindfold      4:32
03. In The Mirror      4:17
04. No Better Prize      4:52
05. Sleepwalker      4:04
06. Tender Shoots      1:50
07. The Monaco      4:17
08. Crest      3:46
09. Pyro      4:25
10. South      4:55
11. Glory Days      4:03
12. Raptor      5:01
℗ 2014 Bella Union
Producer: 2:54, James Rutledge
Members:
¬•   Colette Thurlow
¬•   Hannah Thurlow
¬•   Joel Porter
¬•   Alex Robins
Review
By Mark Beaumont, November 9, 2014; Score: 7/10
¬•   The Thurlow sisters add poetry to their shadowy pop on album number two.
¬•   After the release of 2:54’s debut in 2012, sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow unsurprisingly found their bond strengthened by their band. This expansive second album — its title inspired by poet Percy Bysshe Shelley — is the product of that increased intimacy. As well as exploring the telepathy between them, it injects literacy into their shadowy pop, and the lyrics are just as windswept and brooding as the compositions. Wonderfully sparse This Mortal Coil throwback ‘Tender Shoots’ sees Colette on “the edge of a collapsing world”, while on ‘The Monaco’ — a tribute to a peaceful, mountain–enclosed Salt Lake City hotel — she imagines that “the ground beneath my feet has swallowed me whole”. However, ‘The Other I’ occasionally struggles for focus. At times its Cure guitars, thudding drums and eerie vocals get lost amid the fog (‘In The Mirror’, ‘South’). But when it finds a solid rock stomp, as on ‘Crest’ or ‘Raptor’, 2:54 loom like a monster in the mist. Fortaken: http://www.nme.com/
Also:
NORMAN FLEISCHER NOVEMBER 4, 2014; NBHAP Rating: 3,8/5
:: http://nbhap.com/music/reviews/record-reviews/254-the-other-i/
Will Salmon; Score: 6/10
:: http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/254-the-other-i
By Cole Waterman; Score: 8
:: http://www.popmatters.com/tools/print/187864/
Sian Rowe
The Guardian, Saturday 7 January 2012
:: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/jan/07/colette-hannah-thurlow-2-54
¬•   "On their sophomore release The Other I, sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow sojourn deeper down the shadowy path they first cut on their 2012 debut. Operating under the numeric moniker 2:54 (which apparently is the track location of a favorite Melvins drum fill), the two Londoners sound moodier than ever as they blend pastoral, Cure–like dream pop with punchy, downcast guitar rock. While there’s no shortage of bands mining similar moods and dark territories, 2:54 wear their atmospherics well, constructing a world full of hazy warmth that always seems just on the edge of contention and threat. They radiate some of the minor key beauty of the Smoke Fairies, but without the folk influences, relying instead on a more distinctly gothic presence and punk attitude. Whether building songs up slowly like on the dreamily shifting “In the Mirror” or digging straight in on the creepy, frenzied “Crest,” they emit an undercurrent of aggression that is felt throughout the record. Backed by the dynamic rhythm section of Joel Porter and Alex Robins, the Thurlow sisters’ guitar playing is full of clever push and pull; they frequently play off of each other in a counterpoint of chiming arpeggios and dirty riffs. But even within their somber world, there is still variety. Like a brief ray of sun, the lovely “Tender Shoots” appears mid–album to offer a hopeful interlude before segueing into the more wistful, acoustic–driven track “The Monaco.” Fans who were drawn to 2:54’s introspective blend the first time will see this as a natural continuation of their deepening, subtly changing world."
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The Other I

 

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