Monday, March 9, 2015
Boduf Songs - How Shadows Chase the Balance (2008)
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"All of my heroes died the same day/All of them fallen away/Swinging from nooses, wrists opened wide/Arteries spilt at their sides."
So begins How Shadows Chase the Balance, an album of stark, devastating folk that's effective enough to make me question my choice to listen to it. Over acoustic guitars, mandolin, sparse drums, and faint atmospheric elements, Matthew Sweet (nope, not this guy) whisper-sings poetically about death, suicide, longing, and existential crises, channeling a pitch-black atmosphere usually reserved for black or doom metal. (Speaking of which, here's my post about his sludge band, Ringing Bell.) If this record had existed in '06 or '07, back when my depression was winning, it would probably be one of my all-time favorites.
1. Mission Creep
2. Things Not to Be Done on the Sabbath
3. I Can't See a Thing in Here
4. Quite When Group
5. Pitiful Shadow Engulfed in Darkness
6. A Spirit Harness
7. Found on the Bodies of Fallen Whales
8. Last Glimmer on a Hill at Dusk
There is blood on the breeze