Wreck and Reference - “Indifferent Rivers Romance End”
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I was going through The Flenser’s catalog shortly after discovering Have A Nice Life when I was initially introduced to Wreck and Reference. Considering it was still my first day being aware of their style and genre, their music was admittedly terrifying. The raw, haunted vocals on top of industrial synths was just too much for me at the time. Now, about two years later, having slowly become comfortable with the genre and coming upon their newest album, Indifferent Rivers Romance End, I find myself curious as to what I think of the band.
I notice a lot of fans say that their music will grind your bones to dust, and after listening, that's pretty accurate. The majority of the time spent is slowly beating through large analog synth soundscapes with contrasting brash and seemingly unskilled vocals. Songs like “Powders” open with calming, mid-range synths, and as the song continues to build, the vocals grow from a hushed, soft-spoken voice to a bellowing and emotional roar. Lyrically, it’s a poetic dialogue directed towards a former lover. The album’s constant atmosphere of depression is contagious at first, but loses its luster toward the end. It sort of trails off, becoming more and more passive, and ends on an unfitting and unsatisfying note. For an album that is supposed to be deep and brooding, coming out of it, I feel rather unchanged despite the trenches that I most certainly fell into throughout.
Now being able to endure an entire Wreck and Reference album, I most certainly will be checking out their other work, but I hope that this is turns out to be the weakest of the bunch. If you are more in touch with this style of music than I am, you may actually enjoy the record and find it has some long-lasting effects.