Threethings – Antecedent Conditions 8.0
makes a cool gentle breeze of an album. ‘Antecedent Conditions’ feels
spring-like in its growth and optimism. Sounds crinkle. Digital manipulations
add to the warmth rather than distract from it. Natural sounds emerge out of
the gentle hums of the electronics: guitars, piano, snippets of reality.
Soothing drones wash over everything. Elements of post-rock are distinctly familiar.
Rock itself barely sticks out its head. Without beat it relies heavily upon
melody and texture. For Antecedent Conditions curls up into the head and simply
stays there. A good amount of the album is highly indebted to Tim Hecker’s
gauzy yet tender approach to sonic manipulation.
is one of the most approachable songs to ever be named after a paved surface. Swells
are fantastic. Piano keys weave through the piece interjecting their thoughts
at the appropriate time. On Arc things move towards the more natural. Digital
drone is strong on this track. Evening out the general digital origin is the
lightness of the guitar plucks. Little elements are added in such a way as to
give off the sense of insects making noises in the environment. Guitar plucks
float into the ether for the positively sunny ‘Light Stops’. ‘Cloud Cover’ goes
a differently route emphasizing the relaxing nature of thick foggy sound.
end things take a turn for the more dramatic. ‘Tailwater’ is the darkest track
on the entire album with a weird sense of claustrophobia. ‘Cloud Coda’ the
finale ends it on a peaceful note with noise akin to streaming water. Machines
on Antecedent Conditions show off their more human side.