Envy Atheist's Cornea on LP + Download
By now Envy's influence on various strains of underground music has been cemented – and reiterated by artists as varied as Thursday, Mogwai, Deafheaven, MONO, and Touché Amoré. With legacy comes expectation, and expectation often breeds complacency. It takes only 20 seconds into opener "Blue Moonlight" for Envy to dispose of the gentle, lilting guitar figures that have marked much of their past couple albums. So begins the journey that is Atheist's Cornea, their first album in five years.
Despite its relative brevity (at 43 minutes it is Envy's shortest album since their early-90s thrash days), Atheist's Cornea is easily the band's most progressive work. Beginning with a punishing pummel, holes of light are gradually punched open to reveal an uncanny series of dynamic, emotionally charged epics. Not only does Atheist’s Cornea showcase some wholly unexpected new turns for Envy, it also often reaches transcendent heights that could overwhelm a major blockbuster film — all while vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa sings, screams, and speaks like his life depended on it.
Atheist's Cornea is the purest, most distilled example of Envy's brand of brilliance. It is also their bravest album, taking new risks with a much welcomed, broader vocal palette — the stripped-bare confessions of "Ticking Time and String" are particularly revelatory — and an instrumental experimentation that navigates blistering shifts from impenetrable noise to poetic, pin-drop introspection with astounding grace. Envy have finally mastered the art of being effective and efficient without sacrificing an ounce of either – a truly inspired evolution from a band whose mastery of both remains unparalleled.
"There are few bands whose immediate impact stops you dead in your tracks. Envy are without a doubt one of them. Like nothing I’ve heard then or since. Long live Envy!” – Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai
Envy Atheist's Cornea Track Listing:
1. Blue Moonlight
2. Ignorant Rain and the End of the World
3. Shining Finger
4. Ticking Time and String
5. Footsteps in the Distance
6. An Insignificant Poem
7. Two Isolated Souls
8. Your Heart and My Hand