Give It Up
With previous albums the band have garnered no shortage of comparisons to Talk Talk, Slowdive and Bark Psychosis, and while these comparisons still stand, here Zelienople have pushed the influences into the background to reveal a daring and fresh sound. Poppier than its predecessor ‘His/Hers’, ‘Give It Up’ is a collection of rolling songs, from the Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore-esque opener ‘Aging’ to the doomed Americana of ‘All I Want Is Calm’ and the hazy ambience of ‘Water Saw’. As we pass through the effortless percussive shuffle and dream-like riffing of ‘I Can Put All My Faith In Her’, perhaps the closest the band have ever come to writing a pop song, it’s hard not to fall under their spell. It is a record with scope and an enviable restraint, and a record which revels in the band’s experience and pedigree.
There is a feeling that the three musicians don’t need to prove anything, and in that we are treated to an album of crystalline, mysterious beauty; it is something which might take multiple listens to truly uncover, but a record which is infinitely rewarding once you do. Cinematic, but startlingly unpretentious, this is music perfectly primed for the colder seasons. Light a log fire and enjoy.