Planning for a Burial, Desideratum

by on April 19, 2014 in Album Reviews, Music

Planning for a Burial, Desideratum

Music to Make you Feel Bad Inside 

The music is an identifiable mix between Christian Death, Team Sleep, and My Bloody Valentine. The lyrics read like a Jawbreaker song, and the feeling evoked by Desideratum, Planning for a Burial’s latest release, is one of pure gloom and dread. It’s like waiting for something crushing to happen. Dreading something unseen and unknown, but not wholly unprecedented.

In the simplest of terms, Desideratum is about comfort found in familiarity and repetition.

At the end of “Where You Rest Your Head at Night,” there is no catharsis. No ending. No sense at all of closure. You’re left feeling like you haven’t moved at all — it’s horribly lovely.  Like the rest of the album, it leaves you swimming in circles, drowning now and again, sometimes surfacing to catch a breath, only to be pulled back down by crashing, black waves of pointless nostalgia and heartache.

There’s a certain Joy Division minimalism to songs like “29 August 2012″ and “Golden.” The melodies are depressed and drudge along, but never get lost in their selves, separating Desideratum from a simple doom album and placing it alongside the dreary pop sounds pioneered by the Cure and early minimalist coldwave bands.

Desideratum sticks to your bones and doesn’t let go. It rubs you in all the wrong ways. Yet, it retains a unique allure that Planning for a Burial’s contemporaries can only dream of achieving.

Enchantingly sloppy, but always cohesive, Desideratum is haunting and unrepentant. It’s available now through the Flenser. Listen to “Where You Rest Your Head at Night” courtesy of Noisey.

Here’s a live video of the one man doom-gaze act performing “29 August 2012″ live at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus.