18 November 2010

Very Secretary - best possible souvenir (1997, Mud)

There is something unique with Very Secretary, like an emo version of slowcore with occasional interesting math-rock rhythms and a rural summer quality. But at the same time, their music never becomes completely or totally extraordinary. “Best Possible Souvenir” was their debut album and is more tense and dynamic than their second and final record, “Standing on the shade”. It sounds very close to American Football and Gloria Record debut ep's but without song as strong as theirs.

Maybe it's a minor record but there is something unusual in their sound, something that could have been developed much more. The melancholic tension on “Under a rug” is just moving but never totally reach the potential hidden under the appearance. There are strong moments on this record but not as refined as they could have been.

Once that said, I have to admit that I keep coming back to this record for their unusual warm and emotional fever, and probably there  are no better proof of quality than that.

Often something imperfect transmits an unexpected sincerity and truth, and by that way become precious.

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