Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: RVNES "Rest/Relief" (Jehu & Chinaman)

            You can tell going in that a cassette called “Rest/Relief” is most likely going to be quietcore and RVNES does not let down one iota.   Everything that you’ve ever wanted to know about terms like “ambient”, “drone” or “minimal” music can be found within this cassette right here, so let RVNES take you on a crash course.

            Amidst a sort of guitar sound one of the only slight bits of variation you can hear in here is a bit of guitar drone.   Aside from that, the drone is mostly made of fog.  It’s peaceful, serene and all of the good things that it was meant to be.   It is the sound you play alone in the middle of the woods when all else is quiet; it is the sound you play when you’ve come home from a hard day’s work and take a bath to relax.

            I’ve never been a big believer in the genre of “new age” or that music could really be “zen” because I like to think about meditation as being something done in as much silence as possible.  That being said, this cassette does somehow transmit almost as close as you can get to silence without being silent, so maybe there is something here about all that and it actually does fit in with music.

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