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Sense Field/Onelinedrawing: SplitSplit (2000)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: abileneINloveabileneINlove
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Before the purchase of this split EP (a format of which I am a fan of) I had heard very little from either Sense Field or Onelinedrawing. I had been told various things about both bands. My preconceptions were as followed---- Sense Field: "like Get Up Kids with more rocking guitars..." "what .
Before the purchase of this split EP (a format of which I am a fan of) I had heard very little from either Sense Field or Onelinedrawing. I had been told various things about both bands.
My preconceptions were as followed----
Sense Field: "like Get Up Kids with more rocking guitars..." "what an annoying voice..." "some songs irritatingly short, some irritatingly long..."
Onelinedrawing: "better than Dashboard..." "kinda like Dashboard..." "a bland version of Dashboard..."
I could go on. But do you really want me to? Now you have all the same preconceptions of the split I did when I bought it. Excellent (now twiddle your fingers deviously).
Sense Field is up to bat first and they're armed with three songs. Instead of being akin to the getupkids, these songs show themselves off as being a lyrically challenged Kill Holiday. The music itself is a step more upbeat than indie-pop, which is refreshing but if a full length continued like this, blandness would take over. Ultimately, this release shows extreme promise and enough catch to make you want to look into a full length. The production is gritty enough to appeal to some of the aggresive parts, but clean enough so everything is well represented.
Onelinedrawing takes a preempted point off due to the fact they (he) only has 2 songs. Which means a lot less to get into and a lot less to review on. "Wings" is poor attempt at being cute and instead of the intamacy of a lone electric guitar, the full studio band destroys the singer/songwriter appeal almost entirely. "Cora's Theme," is suprisingly nice to listen to. As explained on the liner notes, it's a first draft to a film score and it does a flawless job at setting a somber yet romantic mood. I have not yet seen the movie, but the song conveys such an atmosphere and the string arrangements are so pretty that I don't really need to.
All in all, the opening "whaaa" of Sense Field's "The Anniversary" and the ending beauty of Onelinedrawing's "Cora's Theme" make this Revelation release a want, opposed to a must-have, that the middle of the album mediocre pop destroys.
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