All things considered, Matador Records is one of the top indie labels, consistently putting out good albums, but I’m not sure I understand the love behind their latest release from Brightblack Morning Light. It’s great to branch out into new areas of the field, but is there anything really worthy of recovery here?
First off, some have called Motion to Rejoin mood music, and it is just that. It is for those moods when you feel like driving your car straight into a black and white movie. As you barrel down the highway, you want something barely audible in the background, something with a sense of impending doom. Then the scene stops. You are no where to be found–obviously, you are dead, and I think it is this album that led you there.
Absolutely nothing on this album is moving, especially the sprawling pace of these songs. As every song carries on, listeners will try their damnedest to locate something that will draw them back into the song, but their search will be fruitless, entirely so. If this album were racing with a turtle, the turtle would most likely be the winner of the race, and not only because it is faster, but because it actually goes somewhere. Every piece of this album just comes across the speakers as if someone tried their best to create the most mundane soundtrack pieces known to man.
And! And! There are six songs on this album that go beyond the five minute mark! Did someone seriously think there were songs on here worthy of going beyond the one minute mark? They did, because they are on here, but they shouldn’t have. The album would have been just as perfect had it only included the 43 second introduction song that begins the entire piece.
When you consider the vocals, and their desperate grasp at anything with an ounce of emotion, it is clear that the album didn’t have anything when it all began. The vocals lack a certain sense of soul, and when they approach that line, it is clear that they are grabbing for emotion with all their might; it comes across forced, much as I was forced to listen to this record several times to figure it all out.
Now, I realize that there are certain people out there that place some sort of value on this album, but it is increasingly unclear as to why they have placed any importance on it at all. I struggle to determine whether or not one can even really consider this dense mess of undertones music in the first place. Just because no one understands it, doesn’t make it unaccessible, therefore rendering it worthy of listening. If you care to explain it to me, go right on ahead, but I will probably not listen to this album again, unless I’m envisioning euthanasia in my near future.
I’m sorry Brightblack Morning Light, but your Motion to Rejoin has been denied by the court.