CD Summer in Abaddon [Digipak] (CD 175550),
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Summer in Abaddon [Digipak]

  • 1. Non Photo-Blue
    2. Sender
    3. Syracuse
    4. Bloods on Fire
    5. Fortress
    6. This Red Book
    7. Soaked
    8. 3X0
    9. Yellow Ones, The
    10. Afk
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 937

  • Credits
    EngineerArmistead Burwell Smith IV; Rob Crow

    Pinback: Ryan Bromley, Rob Crow, Armistead Burwell Smith IV, Kenseth Thibideau, Cameron Jones.
    Recording information: Absiv's Backroom; Rob's Bedroom.
    A little research on the title of Pinback's 2004 album SUMMER IN ABADDON reveals the literal meaning of Abaddon as "complete destruction or ruin," as well as being the Hebrew name for the demon guarding the pits of Hell. It could, of course, also be referring to the small township in Pennsylvania.
    The album itself is also full of contrasts, meshing crisp, mid-tempo math-rock rhythms and pristine guitar work with rather cryptic and unsettling lyrics, one part journal entry and one part jagged-romance manifesto. Copious syncopation and vocal harmonies hint at mid-era Sunny Day Real Estate, though Pinback's bass-heavy melodies owe more of a debt to slowcore heroes Bedhead. The group approaches the emotional peaks of early Modest Mouse with the stiff-and-staggered delivery of "Non Photo-Blue" and "Syracuse," but the drums-and-piano arrangement of "The Yellow Ones" hints at a darker direction towards the end of the album. Perhaps not quite dark enough to verge on the aforementioned pits of Hell, but certainly enough to seem pitch black against the idyllic atmosphere of the rest of the record.

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Wrapping the sweetest melodies around uncertainty and sometime sadness, Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow's blend of warm and wistful is almost impossible to resist."
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