I also feel that New Moon boasts some tremendous songwriting. Most of the sequencing I have acclimatized to, however, I still feel that placing "Half Angel Half Light" after "Open the Door" was a bad move. The second song undercuts the tranquil atmosphere established by the opener; perhaps that was intended, but, regardless, it is jarring.
That said, the 4/10 is overly harsh, and dismissive of some heartfelt and well-played tracks.
Like, I understand the anxieties over Mondanile's potential "motivations" behind the record - re. whether this is earnest tribute or winking pastiche, but I'm not sure if it's ultimately very productive to get caught up in that. I enjoy the record a lot after several listens so far because it really tastefully taps into past aesthetics. I think it's entirely possible that Matt just really loves these particular sounds/production choices and has decided to try his hand at a record full of them. In my case, I'm not really sure if I need to go beyond that.
that this is a great piece of writing/thinking. i definitely enjoy the longer form, and found your thoughts re. how Grey's "hegemonic masculinity" interacts with music in the novels to be intriguing.
Love the last two paragraphs.
Totally man... and I think we all know that Pitchfork did the bands of this copy-cat genre the greatest justice with their review of the second Jet album.
Gives me more time to listen to the new Walkmen album.