ONQ

The Supine Waste

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On The Supine Waste, ONQ (nearly a one-man band, with Mauro Costagli handling drums but everything else done by Luca Galuppini) shows a passion and knack for memorable songs that echo and in many ways trump its American indie forebears. Right from the start, "Be Delicate" has the same musical and emotional heft of prime Built to Spill with its warm, rich, yet melancholic chime -- a soft, slow descent that's still somehow inspirational. It's a beautiful way to welcome listeners in, and over its short but worthy half-hour length, The Supine Waste will be manna from heaven for those needing a late-'80s into '90s-inspired fix. The home production is extremely thorough; credit Galuppini for using an eight-track rather than the expected four, but also because nothing is intentionally made to sound cruddy just for the sake of it. Costagli's drumming is captured crisply (and deserved to be in the first place, as he's a subtle, inspired player -- check his work on "Nackte Halften," also one of the best production points on the album), while the lack of bass puts more emphasis on both Galuppini's low-key keyboards and his guitar work. Galuppini's ear for just-downcast-enough music is very beguiling; his guitar tone never turns feedback-heavy or sludgy, preferring to gently captivate, as the watery flanging on "Why and Why Me" and the wistful "Poles" demonstrate. Meanwhile, his singing, soft and with just a hint of a delicious whine, is almost always manipulated to some extent, with a bit of distortion or boxiness here and extra treatments there; instead of being a gimmick, their consistent use establishes a consistency to the album. ONQ may end with a song called "So Long, Suckers," but the real impulse at the end of The Supine Waste is to want a lot more in the future.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
ONQ
3:24
2
ONQ
2:53
3
ONQ
2:28
4
ONQ
2:22
5
ONQ
2:35
6
ONQ
3:33
7
ONQ
3:45
8
ONQ
3:21
9
ONQ
3:17
10
ONQ
4:10
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