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Jeniferever: Spring TidesSpring Tides (2009)
Europe

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Sweden's Jeniferver has been kicking around since 1996, but Spring Tides is actually my introduction to them, and only the band's second official full-length. Nonetheless, it's a pretty decent first impression. Spring Tides sounds like what might happen if the Cure played post-rock, something that w.
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Sweden's Jeniferver has been kicking around since 1996, but Spring Tides is actually my introduction to them, and only the band's second official full-length. Nonetheless, it's a pretty decent first impression. Spring Tides sounds like what might happen if the Cure played post-rock, something that would put them firmly in the company of bands like Sigur Rós and Mono if not for more minimal instrumentation and a mournful, melancholic touch courtesy of Kristofer Jönson's melodic, fragile and breathy voice.

Throughout Spring Tides, Jeniferever operate heavily on subtlety. You barely realize the layered group vocals of "Concrete and Glass" when they sneak in, while the spoken-word place-setting of "Ox-Eye" definitely resembles that of later-era Envy, as well as the aforementioned Cure (the latter of whom also seem to inspire the middle stages of the nearly 10-minute "Nagijala"). Some might see complimenting Jeniferever on their subtlety as an apologetic substitute for a lack of dynamics, and in some way they'd be right. But it's still a pretty, mildly sparkling way of making their way through the album.

Their operation's rather deliberate, too, as exposed in "The Hourglass," where Jönson noticeably punctuates snarling syllables and whispers lines above respectively plucked and ringing guitars and a rhythmic, steady bass that pulses around the 3:40 mark perfectly. The closing title track meanders and wanders about until it finds the end of 8:38.

Spring Tides is charismatic but often drifts off and usually for too long. Nonetheless, it's a sporadically pleasant listen and provides a wintry atmosphere that resonates well with the dying days of the season.

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threechordsandthetruth (April 22, 2009)

Saw these guys supporting I Like Trains not too long ago - really powerful live (not in a noisy sense, but emotionally).

xote (April 21, 2009)

Will have to check these guys out.

wearestillalive (April 21, 2009)

You guys, I've not heard this record but considering it's only earned a 6 star rating, I'd bet that Choose A Bright Morning, their first record, is probably a bit better. I especially reccomend it if you like The Appleseed Cast's Low Level Owl records or Sigur Rós' newer stuff.

KorbenDallas (April 21, 2009)

Jennifer Ever was a Smashing Pumpkins b-side on the Mashed Potatoes box set. Good song.

SloaneDaley (April 21, 2009)

I'll have to check this out in terms of post-rock with vocals I've really liked what I've heard from them. Any other recommendations?

colin (April 21, 2009)

"ox eye" is fucking great. this record is pretty alright.

steveman (April 21, 2009)

Pretty excited to hear this. I loved their previous releases. I would compare their first full length to something more like a lovechild between Mineral and a bunch of post-rock bands. Very melodic and almost pop like at times, but quite gorgeous.

insinceredave (April 21, 2009)

I saw them play in derby last night and they were immense. I do agree on record they are no where near as energetic which is a shame

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