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Shores: LeaveningLeavening (2012)
No Idea Records

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I'm gonna have to call shenanigans on Michigan post-rock/slowcore act Shores. They might have labeled Leavening an extended player on the packaging, but eight songs totaling 46 minutes ain't an EP. That's a full-length, even without metal rules. It was good enough for Born to Run; it's good enough f.
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I'm gonna have to call shenanigans on Michigan post-rock/slowcore act Shores. They might have labeled Leavening an extended player on the packaging, but eight songs totaling 46 minutes ain't an EP. That's a full-length, even without metal rules. It was good enough for Born to Run; it's good enough for Shores. At least the cover accurately captures the record's almost shoegazey tone: Light obscures a view of the world through a dirty windshield.

Right, so the music. Leavening is slow â??n' sleepy, and most assuredly post-rock, by which I mean it recalls the quieter moments on Mogwai's Come On Die Young. Contemplative guitar parts and a dash of fuzz swirl around in a sad stew. There are vocals (eventually), but they feel like just another instrument contributing to the haze.

Truth is, Leavening has a very particular set of requirements for the listener. Do not play this record while driving. You will pass out and smash stuff. Do not play this record at a party. Everyone will get sad. Maybe play this when you're trying to get make-outs on a snowy night, but I'm not sure it'll go anywhere. Leavening is a sleepy little rocker, one that doesn't distinguish itself too much from others like it, although it is a bit of a surprise coming from No Idea.

It's a solid record all the same, even though the songs aggressively blur together and could arguably be played in any order. But as background music, it still holds up.

 

 
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EchosMyron (August 25, 2012)

This came out on No Idea?! And that comparison to Come On Die Young is not a flattering one; it is still the most boring album in my CD collection. I need to start selling some of that garbage.

greg0rb (August 25, 2012)

Have had this record for a bit and was gonna review it, you beat me to it of course. Disappointed at the lack of Pedro the Lion references.

droneclone (August 24, 2012)

Oh, and hey, they may have mislabeled it on the packaging because everywhere else says that it's an LP.

droneclone (August 24, 2012)

"Do not play this record at a party. Everyone will get sad." Sounds right up my alley. I've been meaning to pick this up. I liked the little that I've heard from it so far.

baseball (August 24, 2012)

I listen to these guys while I'm working. Great background for that.

bastard_squad (August 24, 2012)

This reads like a June of 44 review.

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