INSIDE THE STILL LIFE: REVIEW BY BERNARD ZUEL


ANGEL OLSEN – ALL MIRRORS; CODA CHROMA – INSIDE THE STILL LIFE: REVIEW

ANGEL OLSEN

All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar/Inertia)

CODA CHROMA

Inside The Still Life (Echo Foxtrot)

"At a time when most of us probably spend most of our listening time through headphones, or at least earplugs, rather than speakers in a room or car, it may be odd to talk about particular albums being headphone records.

If nothing else, the idea that you’ll hear better/feel closer with your cans on is negated somewhat by the compromises of compressed streaming sounds, even before we get to those little buds and their crushing effect on clarity, depth and width.

However, when I talk about Angel Olsen’s, and especially Coda Chroma’s, new albums being headphone ones I am talking as much aesthetic as sonic qualities; I’m looking at the way these are two albums where immersion is the best – the only sensible – approach for complete satisfaction. And for proper understanding.

Olsen, with producer John Congleton, and Kate Lucas, with producer/collaborator Damien Charles, provide a kind of glistening space for their songs. No, that isn’t some pop sheen on one of those plastic surfaces that absorbs nothing and reflects little but your own shallowness at you...."

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