Atlantic Line: Big Brother
Today’s Daily Dose is from LA group Atlantic Line, and is from their debut album Exit To Intro. The band were nice enough to contact us directly, and boasts one member from a group that we have featured here before, Lemonwilde, so we thought a little album review would be in order! It’s a corker, and best of all it’s totally, unabashedly FREE! There’s a nice easy link to donate to the band so they can buy petrol, record more stuff and, y’know, eat! 🙂
Review of Exit To Intro:
One of the first records I ever reviewed was by LA alternative group Lemonwilde, and it was, if memory serves, quite glorious. So imagine my excitement when, a year later, their now ex-bassist emails me to bring my attention to a new musical incarnation that has grown wings in the city of angels. They are Atlantic Line, and they have just released their debut album Exit To Intro which is a flurry of anthemic shoegaze, peppered with wonderfully uplifting moments in amongst ethereal echoes of lamentation.
The album begins with a ghostly, synth-ridden lo-fi exploration that runs beneath moaning vocals, that builds to a crushing refrain full of reverberating guitar, slowly driving bass and snippets of an intriguing electronic undercurrent. This moves on to the siren song that we have offered to you for today’s Daily Dose, ‘Big Brother’, which is tinged with stuttering guitars, wailing vocals and a melancholic air.
It continues to stir itself up with different elements pumping through each song, taking it from tentative, nervous and minimalist, through soaring, changable moods and post-rock epics, with spatterings of synthy goodness that flit delicately through the tracks. All the while, the record is encased in the band’s reverb-dipped soundscapes and maintains an atmosphere of introspective self-doubt with tinges of sadness. At the same time, though, it leaves you feeling strangely uplifted and undeniably chilled – definitely a worthy listen.