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Heinali & Matt Finney - Lemonade EP

kilgoretrout   (50 reviews)

Posted: 08/18/2010 | Comments: 1 | Rate:

The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Heinali and Matt Finney prove that with their new collaboration, the non sequitur-ally named Lemonade EP. This is their second collaboration after the critically lauded Town Line EP, and is being released on a pay-what-you-want basis on their Bandcamp page. The link is below.


What I meant by the whole is greater then the sum of its parts is instantly recognizable upon first listen of this album. Heinali's ambient-shoegazey instrumentation wouldn't hold up without Matt Finney's depressing, but insightful, spoken-word lyrics. Admittedly this seems like a pretty strange combination, but it must be heard to be truly appreciated.


Matt Finney, formerly of the band Finneyerkes, is a seemingly depressed Alabama man with story to tell. Included with the download is a PDF file with about fifty poems that Finney wrote, collectively titled Loss. Heinali is a Ukranian musician, known for his ambient, experimental, shoegaze tunes. Once again, it seems like a strange combination, but at some point I'm sure somebody said, "Chocolate and peanut butter together? EWWWWWW."


This EP starts with the aptly titled, "Beginning". Heinali spins a quite Nine Inch Nails minded backing track while Finney recites, "I've built a different idea from our ashes and bones. My son has no use for war or Cobain and even his interest in me is fading. I recognize this from my own father." Heinali and Finney obviously believe in putting their best foot forward as "Beginning" is one of the best tracks on the album. Other high points on this album are "End of July" which features Finney giving us a tale of hindsight being twenty-twenty, and "The Dream" which is the strongest showing from Heinali, and also the most upbeat track on the album. Finney, as usual, juxtaposes his sad words, (most notably with the epic line, "Placed my boot on the skull of some weeping orphan and pressed.") but for some reason it works.


The last two tracks packaged on the Lemonade Ep are single tracks from each of the two men, once again proving the point that I made at the beginning of this review, so I won't bother getting into it.


I guess the target fan of this music would be one that enjoys both post rock and almost-as-depressing-as-Sylvia-Plath poetry. There is some middle ground there though. If you like one or the other, or are just interested in hearing something completely different, I would give this record a chance. Once again, they are offering this on a pay-what-you-want basis, so you have no reason to complain either way.

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N.I.L.
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Liked this album.

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