Review: I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – “According To Plan”

 

Thirteen minutes, apparently, is all these guys need to envelope you.

This bite-size, three-song offering packs as much of an emotional punch as the lauded Fear Is On Our Side, the full-length platter the Austin quintet released just a handful of months before it. Maybe it’s the sequencing or Paul Barker’s crisp production, all clean edges and 1980’s-pop-hued. The obscenely catchy outtakes certainly don’t hurt: a pair of atmospheric odes saturated with dreamy synth washes, reverb-laced vocals and — oddly enough — soaring guitar refrains not far removed from the crescendos of Godspeed You Black Emperor!

The whole record, despite its brief running time, just sings. As good an introduction to the band as it is an addendum to their growing success. – Punk Planet, November/December 2006

About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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