Friday, November 25, 2011

Alcoholic Faith Mission Are On 421 Wythe Avenue

Despite the name, Alcoholic Faith Mission are not a group of drunken missionaries who play music on the side. Oh no, these Danes play woozy, hazy dream pop that's so delicate and fragile that the very sound of themselves could destroy every song they've written. They are tuneful, beautiful, and intimate and they are the very sound of lovelorn sleep. In fact, AFM songs sweep in and out of consciousness like a dose of Ambien induced sleep and their album, 421 Wythe Avenue is like something out of a never-ending dream.

421 Wythe Avenue is a touching, gorgeous record that might very well bring you to tears. It's songs sound as if they were being whispered into your ear and when they're over your heart and your ears can't help but yearn for more. AFM have done an amazing job at putting together songs that reach into your soul and never let it go. By using a sparse and atmospheric blend of acoustic and pop music, they create a space in which your mind may roam. The songs are potentially depressing to the point where they may or may not actually be life affirming. AFM come off as being the best combination of being happy and sad at the same time and truth be told, it doesn't matter what they are, because in the end they're pretty darn amazing.

421 Wythe Avenue is such a well crafted piece of ethereal orchestrated pop that it's hard to believe that a mission sized band isn't making it happen. Fragile, quiet, and sounding sad, 421 Wythe Avenue is the sort of record that you want to give a hug to and AFM are the sort of band you want to invite into your home and hang out with. 421 Wythe Avenue capitalizes on its minimal approach to create the kind of atmosphere that makes this happen. Wafting in and out like a breeze, the songs scattered throughout this record hint at their beauty with small impressions of sound. AFM do a wonderful job of weaving these into something that's stunning and comes quite highly recommended.

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