It’s that time of year where everyone on the Internet is throwing in their two cents as to what the best records of the year are, at least up to this point. We thought we’d give it our own go, with each of us tossing out our choices. I can tell it’s going to be a huge fight come time to make our year end list.
There comes a time in every music nerd’s life (hopefully more often than once) where you find a record that completely fulfills you, that brings you back time and time again to listen carefully; for me, that record is Posthumous Release. Coma Cinema is the project of Mathew Cothran, and I’ll do my best to give justice to this incredible album, though I’m not sure if even words can suffice.
“VHS White Trash” opens up the entire affair, and it’s here where I first notice a resemblance to the old Elf Power, back when they were weird. But, that being said, the simple accompaniment, the female backing vocals and simply strummed guitar don’t sound weird, other than the lyrical content. Percussion enters midway through, as do some horn touches, making this the perfect opening number; I know I pressed play again and again just to make sure it was as perfect as I thought. My ears also heard a bit of Elliott Smith in Posthumous Release, especially when I listened to “Virgin Veins.” The sound of the guitar sounds eerily similar, as does the whispering quality of Cothran’s voice. There’s a fragility to his songwriting and his delivery, as if he’s bearing his soul before you; it’s a sincerity I’ve longed for for quite some time. You’ll find that same sentiment in “Partners in Crime;” it stood out to me in this manner from the exhale of breath that opens the track, not to mention the slightest crackle in the voice.
While it may seem that Coma Cinema has a down-trodden attitude, Mat realizes that he’s also got a knack for combining his melodies with peppier bits tossed in sporadically throughout his latest effort. “She Keeps It Alive” has a fuzzed out guitar chug to it that provides more momentum than most of the songs you’ll find here, though it’s not quite a full on rock moment. Still, you don’t have to turn things up loud in order to seduce me with your pop sensibility. In “Satan Made a Mansion” I’ve met my match for my adoration of quirky lyrics and catchy melodies. Build around a piano or keyboard, the song has a bounce, and the melody in the vocals does everything it can to make this the best song of the year (it is in my opinion). I like the cascading guitar solo near the end of the tune, but I’m not ever going to forget the lyric of “fuck me in the graveyard.”
You see, Posthumous Release might very well go unnoticed upon hitting the stores, and I’ll declare that a great tragedy. This is one of those records that, while not perfect, has the precise amount of emotion and songwriting that makes you want to share it with all your friends. You’ll want to make mixtapes with just this album; you’ll want to make sure everyone you meet knows all about Coma Cinema. I hope that it’s a huge success, though at the same time, I won’t cry if I’m one of a handful of people who enjoys it. I’ll continue to play this album until the day I die, and I’ll always have that sentiment…few records have had such an effect on me.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/05-A05-Satan-Made-A-Mansion.mp3]
Download: Coma Cinema – Satan Made A Mansion [MP3]
At the moment, I’m pretty obsessed with listening to Posthumous Release, the newest LP from Coma Cinema. There’s something about the craftsmanship in the songwriting, dwelling in the same sphere as early Elf Power, where darkness and fairy tales blend with incredible pop sensibility. On this newest single, there’s a bit of a wash over the vocals, coating them in a shroud of mystery, yet the ability to infect you with emotion still resonates in my ears. This album is one of my personal highlights of the year thus far, and you can grab your copy on June 11th.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/07-B07-Burn-A-Church.mp3]
Man, I’m digging this tune. It’s so playful and casual, yet clearly well-written. Coma Cinema is the project of Mat Cothran, and he’s got a bright future, if my words have anything to do with it (which I’m afraid they don’t–sorry Mat). I like the backbone of the piano that works here while Cothran sings atop it; it’s almost bouncy, but not over the top. And did he just say “fuck me in the graveyard?” Mat’s got a new effort titled Posthumous Release, which will come out on June 11th via Fork & Spoon Records.