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Arbouretum ≡ Coming Out Of The Fog (2013)

 Arbouretum ≡ Coming Out Of The Fog (2013)

Arbouretum — Coming Out Of The Fog
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Album release: January 21, 2013
Record Label: Thrill Jockey
Duration:     39:40
Tracks:
1. The Long Night      (3:59)
2. Renouncer      (4:56)
3. The Promise      (5:09)
4. Oceans Don't Sing      (5:34)
5. All At Once, The Turning Weather      (6:47)
6. World Split Open      (5:02)
7. Easter Island      (2:45)
8. Coming Out Of The Fog      (5:29)
Members:
currently: David Heumann, Corey Allender, Brian Carey and Matthew Pierce.
some former members and collaborators include: Daniel Franz, Steve Strohmeier, Walker Teret, Mitchell Feldstein, David Bergander.
Label: http://www.thrilljockey.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/arbouretum
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArbouretumBand
Review by Ned Raggett   (Rating: ***½)
¶   Calling something neo-classic rock might seem faintly ridiculous -- admittedly, it probably is. But the 21st century has served up a variety of those approaches in any number of corners, and Arbouretum's Coming Out of the Fog is the latest in something of a new long tradition. Things start on a more stately and stirring approach with "The Long Night" rather than, say, arena boogie, but the quality of Dave Heumann's singing voice and the warm feeling of the arrangement, not to mention the demi-shred soloing over the rhythm section's careful pace, make for a good listen. It's a fine enough start, and the immediately following "Renouncer" might do all that even better, down to a solo that could almost be something from Robert Smith as from early-'70s riffage days. ¶   But while there are some changes in pace here and there -- the quicker, tenser "The Promise"; the piano-led title track that concludes the album; the short, fierce instrumental "Easter Island" -- generally the album is a bit of a blur, shifting moods here and there without fully distinguishing itself track by track. As a uniform experience it's not so bad, but it's not as distinct or strong a collection as it could be. "Oceans Don't Sing," with its softly melancholic start and gentle vocal, stands out as a bit of calm balladry, a bit of steel guitar bringing in some country/cosmic American music feeling.
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¶   New 2013 album from Baltimore's doom-laden folk-psychers, stunning guitar work once again. Highly recommended.
¶   Du folk rock "pêchu", recommandable effectivement.
¶   Coming Out of the Fog is the fifth full length album from Baltimore’s Arbouretum following Aureola, their split album with Hush Arbors released for Record Store Day 2012.
¶   CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.
¶   LP version ships on limited "fog white" vinyl and includes fully art-worked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

¶   Coming out of the Fog continues Arbouretum’s journey as their most focused and best-recorded album to date. Dave Heumann’s vocals soar atop his guitar solos and Corey Allender’s crunchy bass lines. Arbouretum have reigned in some of their maximalist tendencies, with every song coming in under 7 minutes. Heumann, Allender, Brian Carey (drums), and Matthew Pierce (keyboard, synthesizer, percussion), continue to mine the same breadth of styles made familiar on The Gathering and Song of the Pearl, notably the languid ballads, fuzzed-out burners, and heavier songs that have defined the group’s unique doom laden folk-rock sound.
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¶   It is a well-worn joke in rock circles, "they are big in Japan." Rather than spending their time searching for fame, Baltimore’s Arbouretum has instead concentrated on honing their craft.
¶   It just so happens that the muse that guides them is completely outside of current rock trends. Like Richard Thompson’s work from the mid-70s, the band’s poetic lyrics and slow, heavy build are not stuff of the quick fix.
¶   Their music stands in stark contrast to a culture that is more about video and track placement than criticism and discourse. As such, it should come as no surprise that they have found success in the United Kingdom, Thompson’s birthplace.
¶   Coming out of the Fog, continues Arbouretum’s journey as their most focused and best-recorded album to date. Dave Heumann’s vocals soar atop his guitar solos and Corey Allender’s crunchy bass lines.
¶   Arbouretum have reigned in some of their maximalist tendencies, with every song coming in under 7 minutes. Heumann, Allender, Brian Carey (drums), and Matthew Pierce (keyboard, synthesizer, percussion), continue to mine the same breadth of styles made familiar on The Gathering and Song of the Pearl, notably the languid ballads, fuzzed-out burners, and heavier songs that have defined the group’s unique doom laden folk-rock sound.
¶   Throughout Coming Out of the Fog, Heumann’s vocals take on a meditative quality, melodies unraveling effortlessly over Carey’s steady grooves. Syncopated rhythms come to the fore on 'The Promise,' building tension, and leading to a climax of synth swells and chromatic guitar lines.
¶   Elsewhere, on 'Oceans Don’t Sing,' guest musician Dave Hadley’s plaintive pedal-steel guitar lays a bed for some of Heumann’s most impassioned singing set to tape.
¶   Spending time on pre-production allowed for a more detailed approach to recording. Carey’s drums were tuned specifically for almost every track on the album, and tape was used to achieve the warmth only found in analog.
¶   When taken as a whole, the lyrical theme of an individual’s relationships and struggles with forces larger than one’s self emerges.
¶   In 'The Long Night,' a protagonist is faced with a metaphysical blackness, a dark night of the soul. 'Renouncer' was inspired by Colin Dickey’s book The Afterlives of the Saints. It references the story for Saint Simeon, who traveled into the Syrian Desert and lived perched on a column for 36 years, living a life of death in an attempt to become closer to God.
¶   Bolstered by Heumann’s naturalistic imagery, 'Oceans Don’t Sing' reflects on humanity’s powerlessness in the face of time’s steady passing. An exception to much of the record’s darkness, the title track is calming and reassuring, carried by Pierce’s affecting, sparse piano lines. Coming Out of the Fog is a well-crafted thing of beauty, an album that reveals itself more with every listen and whose lyrics take the listener out of themselves.
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¶   LOVERS of mood rock, lengthy guitar solos and intelligent lyricism had best start to queue now to hear Arbouretum’s Coming Out of The Fog – it has a lot to be impressed by.
¶   Having reigned in some of their maximalist tendencies to ensure that every song comes in under seven minutes, this finds Dave Heumann’s vocals soaring atop his guitar solos and Corey Allender’s crunchy bass lines providing often thrilling accompaniment.
¶   There are fuzzed-out burners, heavier songs and the odd languid ballad to further enhance the group’s unique doom laden folk-rock sound, as well as sequences to evoke memories of Pearl Jam.
¶   Kicking off with the slow-building The Long Night, the record puts its themes and Arbouretum’s trademarks into play early on with the tale of a protagonist faced with a metaphysical blackness, a dark night of the soul. The chorus is particularly striking, while the guitar work is utterly riveting.
¶   Album highlight The Promise is another thriller… beginning with a flurry of fuzzy guitar riffs before then building tension amid syncopated rhythms and a climax of synth swells and chromatic guitar lines. It’s also another track that does remind me of Pearl Jam at times – but that only adds to the appeal, especially given the similarities between Heumann’s and Eddie Vedder’s vocals.
¶   The ballad moment comes in the form of the serene Oceans Don’t Sing, where the guitars change emphasis to quiet strums and benefit from the addition of some piano chords. Heumann, meanwhile, comes over all fragile and melancholy… the reflective lyrics great for just kicking back to and reminiscing about your own shortline memories.
¶   Further evidence of their lyrical ambition and intelligence is found on Renouncer, which was inspired by Colin Dickey’s book The Afterlives of the Saints, and which references the story of Saint Simeon, who traveled into the Syrian Desert and lived perched on a column for 36 years, living a life of death in an attempt to become closer to God.
¶   World Split Open has some truly devastating guitar moments, with reverb turned up, Easter Island is a violent [and instrumental] fusion of percussion and guitars (which thrills the more you hear it) and Coming Out Of The Fog rounds things off with a brooding, bittersweet mid tempo offering that is a lovely comedown from some of the more volatile moments.
¶   All told, it’s an epic listen: a layered, compelling and utterly addictive experience that should further enhance this Baltimore band’s burgeoning reputation.indielondon logo
Also: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17496-coming-out-of-the-fog/
Discography:
Long Live the Well-Doer (2006)
Rites of Uncovering (2007)
Kale (2008)
Song of the Pearl (2009)
The Gathering (2011)
Coming Out Of The Fog (2013)

 © Bek Andersen

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