thread of copeland on occasion of their ghostly and fractured rock/r&b-ish(??) album blushing (2019)

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dawn richard and this are my first favorite records of the year and i haven't even heard all of this one yet. former emo band that's stretched further and further out on each record and now they've intruded on some echoey metaphysical space. "lay here" is a legitimate slow jam.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Duo3rG1DzSw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAJ4YbIyC_8

prob only gonna be me and spottie haunting this thread but if you love this band tell me what your favorite album is, they're all so different from each other

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 February 2019 23:45 (one week ago) Permalink

sometimes i don't trust when bands gradually ditch their emo roots for sophistication but these guys did it so well. i love this weird "we're an indie rock band now did you hear" single from their third album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7SDeqkzpHw

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 February 2019 23:56 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W548lMAt8bA

i really like all four singles from this so far but especially "night figures"

ufo, Saturday, 9 February 2019 04:33 (one week ago) Permalink

ok i have the album and having heard “suddenly” i was not wrong to include r&b in the thread title

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 February 2019 08:50 (one week ago) Permalink

also this album is fuckin incredible

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 February 2019 16:52 (one week ago) Permalink

they've intruded on some echoey metaphysical space

i think what i mean is that the album is a sex dream

anyway: aoty

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 February 2019 23:28 (one week ago) Permalink

i don't think i'm crazy to hear late-talk talk vibes throughout this

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 February 2019 23:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Nice. These four songs have a similar vibe to Rhye, I think, especially his first album, but more washed out and with much better lyrics.

Jeff W, Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:52 (six days ago) Permalink

that's an interesting comparison i would've never thought of!

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:25 (six days ago) Permalink

i got some bon iver vibes from "night figures" but y'know the bon iver of my dreams

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:52 (six days ago) Permalink

i thought of Rhye too, there's a pretty similar ghostly r&b vibe

ufo, Sunday, 10 February 2019 21:48 (six days ago) Permalink

ghostly and layered like a double exposure, every instrument leaving a spectral trail of echoes behind it

this is the best album

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 February 2019 00:58 (five days ago) Permalink

i've only heard the pre-release tracks (will hopefully correct this state of affairs today) but from those I was reminded of junior boys at their more spectral end

Tim F, Monday, 11 February 2019 01:24 (five days ago) Permalink

I didn't immediately think of Rhye, but I guess I can hear it...except lower tech and more whiteness.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 11 February 2019 01:31 (five days ago) Permalink

(caveat: I've only listened to Lay Here)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 11 February 2019 01:32 (five days ago) Permalink

I think the difference is that Rhye (certainly when Hannibal was in the band) have a certain compositional neatness that can be ghostly but is never "fractured" - it's that "professionalism" (which I don't mean pejoratively) which draws comparisons to Sade as much as the vocals.

Tim F, Monday, 11 February 2019 01:40 (five days ago) Permalink

i know i'll regret saying this but i don't think i'll hear a better record this year, this album is the genuine article

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 February 2019 01:40 (five days ago) Permalink

yeah there's a slippery unmoored feeling to the instruments throughout, they kind of melt around the drums (and yet there is so much clarity and space my god! junior boys otm!), that i don't really hear in rhye

re: johnny feves' "whiteness" comment i nearly clarified itt that "lay here" is kind of reaching into r&b from a nearby sophistipop dimension, though i ultimately didn't post it bc i'm suspicious of myself whenever i describe music as if it were designed to compliment my tastes specifically (could be!)

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 February 2019 01:47 (five days ago) Permalink

this music does feel as if the band carefully read Brad's entire ILX posting history before entering the recording studio haha

Pope was very much my favourite of these!

imago, Monday, 11 February 2019 10:13 (five days ago) Permalink

the pre-release tracks only give the faintest hint of how great this is

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 February 2019 16:59 (five days ago) Permalink

lj if you like "pope" you're gonna dig the rest, album could potentially collapse venn diagram of ilm into a circle

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 February 2019 17:00 (five days ago) Permalink

will not be able to join the brad record love-in this year as I am almost always totally incapable of deeply engaging with records about/evoking fucking, alas

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Monday, 11 February 2019 17:14 (five days ago) Permalink

man i love this band. i'll hold back any thoughts until i can hear the whole thing

marcos smart (Spottie), Monday, 11 February 2019 17:36 (five days ago) Permalink

simon i'm not trying to second guess your tastes here but i think you're going to be able to get past it + it's pretty easy to listen to the record without being conscious of that layer i think, beyond which it's more sexy than sexual

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 February 2019 18:06 (five days ago) Permalink

tim and i talked about this record last night and how it arrives at a r&b space from what seems a less traditional path; tim specifically said it's like they reverse-engineered the theoretical existence of r&b from the quieter stretches of in rainbows which is exactly otm

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 February 2019 18:11 (five days ago) Permalink

that sounds right from what ive heard, altho i do hate and rme at any and all r***ohead comparisons...

i dont think theyve ever fit into any r&b pockets, like at all. ixora may have butted up against it on a few spots. but to me the rhye comp only vaguely works in the sweet vocal styling and i guess in some the empty spaces, and really only on the song lay here.. very intrigued by the new direction if they are beginning to cross over a bit. these guys really know how to explode into a hook and i hope they dont lose that completely.

marcos smart (Spottie), Monday, 11 February 2019 18:27 (five days ago) Permalink

altho i do hate and rme at any and all r***ohead comparisons

enthusiastic same, a little hard to avoid with this album still

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 February 2019 18:29 (five days ago) Permalink

yeah it was the first thing i thought of after listening to the new tracks and i tried and tried to connect something else but in the end i circled back to the same place...

marcos smart (Spottie), Monday, 11 February 2019 18:39 (five days ago) Permalink

I think one reason that Radiohead comparisons can feel both seductive and “too easy” is that Radiohead since the 00s have tended to signify very weakly in terms of genre. In Rainbows in particular is an example of an album that is quite hooky and memorable and low-key inventive that never sounds like it’s doing anything radically new from a genre sense, but at the same time for the most part it has this quality of ~not particularly sounding like anything~

So when another band moves into a similar negative space, “this is reminiscent of Radiohead” can become shorthand for “this doesn’t obviously resemble other stuff but nor would I feel confident demarcating its space as new territory”.

Then in this case the effect is heightened because
Copeland actually do sound like Radiohead in a lot of ways. But the comparison feels annoying because it still has that sense of being a stand-in for a better, more substantive analogy that might be available.

Tim F, Monday, 11 February 2019 21:14 (five days ago) Permalink

yeah agree.

since i kinda grew w the band from the beginning its easier to block out any comparisons. tim have you heard any of the older albums?

marcos smart (Spottie), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 06:48 (four days ago) Permalink

ive listened to the full alb a few times now. feels like the perfect next step from ixora and im in love w this obv. so glad they got back together and continue to grow.

suddenly >>>>>

marcos smart (Spottie), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 06:58 (four days ago) Permalink

I care not for music that has vocals mixed as high as this band has chosen to mix their vocals tbh... in this regard they resemble Rhye's first album a great deal

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:24 (four days ago) Permalink

suddenly >>>>>

― marcos smart (Spottie), Monday, February 11, 2019 11:58 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yep

"strange flower" is just unreal too

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:01 (four days ago) Permalink

and "waltz on water" has a chorus that could've appeared on the last two maxwell records

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:01 (four days ago) Permalink

oh yeah good call, especially with the ha-hoo-hooos.

feel like kev k would like this record

marcos smart (Spottie), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:24 (four days ago) Permalink

yes k3vin to thread

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:28 (four days ago) Permalink

lol i forgot they were actually releasing this on valentine’s day. it’s out now

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:26 (two days ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvo1Ytilgwg

lol i'm obsessed with this record and want other people to hear it!!! i think this is my new favorite copeland song. seems to reach back all the way to in motion by its end, seems to collapse every copeland record into one

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:23 (two days ago) Permalink

valentines is a perfect day for this lol. colorless is exactly what i want a copeland song to sound like in 2019

marcos smart (Spottie), Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:32 (two days ago) Permalink

I got Beneath Medicine Tree when it came out. I really loved it at the time. An old roommate of mine had In Motion which I was into but never stuck with them after that. Starting this one now and im digging it a lot. Excited to actually dive into this.

gman59, Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:26 (two days ago) Permalink

omg I love this album so much

Tim F, Thursday, 14 February 2019 21:49 (two days ago) Permalink

i knew it!!!!

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:16 (two days ago) Permalink

This is pretty cool ... not like in a formalistic sense but emotionally this reminds me a bit of ... suede?

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:26 (two days ago) Permalink

the pre-released tracks sound even better in context.

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:31 (two days ago) Permalink

im listening over and over for a skippable track and not finding any.

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 14 February 2019 23:17 (two days ago) Permalink

if you folded every aspect of my taste down the resulting origami would be this record

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 February 2019 23:33 (two days ago) Permalink

i get lost when you look my way
it's genuine

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 15 February 2019 20:17 (yesterday) Permalink


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