Saturday 13 May 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Pontiak - "Dialectic of Ignorance"

By: Victor Van Ommen

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 24/03/2017
Label: Thrill Jockey

“Dialectic of Ignorance” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Easy Does It
2). Ignorance Makes Me High
3). Tomorrow is Forgetting
4). Hidden Prettiness
5). Youth and Age
6). Dirtbags
7). Herb Is My Next Door Neighbor
8). We’ve Fucked This Up

The Review:

Discordant, heady riffing to the groove of a monotonous drum beat while a down and out singer gets lost in his own reverb are the building blocks for Pontiak’s new album, “Dialectic of Ignorance.” Dark and gloomy are key words here and though the music may not be heavy, it’s certainly weighty.

Such a post-punk stoner-gloom approach is rather consuming, and if you allow yourself to get lost in it all, Pontiak will swallow you up with their heavy handed rhythms. The drummer’s control on the bell of his ride is second to none. The constant pinging may be “too much” at times, but that’s also the point. This is how Pontiak walks that fine line of over-indulgence without losing focus on the task at hand which, in case you forgot, is to swallow the listener whole.

If that’s your bag, then this album is highly recommended. Don’t rush through it; let the tunes come to you. That’s how they’ll make the most impact.

Dialectic of Ignorance” is available here

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