"Quiet Contest" CD
Genres: slowcore, dream pop, indie pop
Mar 3 - 9 2003
originally known as Vehemence Realized, is a slowcore indie
pop band from Richmond, Virginia. With two releases already under
their belt, they released the aptly-titled Quiet Contest in
2002. It's a calm, subdued affair, composed mainly of acoustic
guitars, hushed vocals, and calm piano chords.
After a nice instrumental by the name of "Ohio," they cut
right into the chase with the endearing "Lafayette".
It's a very pleasant tune, with a calm, relaxing atmosphere. "Supervision" comes a bit later, sounding something like a
less dreamy Mojave 3 song - its vocals are whispered in this
bizarre, slippery manner that doesn't exactly work that well.
"Nevere," however, picks up on a very nice vibe, rolling
along in a whist of anti-energy and beautiful, powdered guitar
strums. A quiet twang in the guitar can be heard in the
background in the latter minutes of the piece - the effect is
beautiful. This is perfect relaxing music.
All in all, Quiet Contest is a very consistent slowcore album that
finds its niche at the start and doesn't stray from it. Although
its quiet nature can get tiresome after awhile, VR's Quiet
Contest is a nice diversion for dedicated dream pop fans.
Fun Fact: Richmond, where VR
hail from, is the capital of Virginia and also the hometown of the
luxurious Jefferson Hotel. As the Richmond tourism guide
explains: "Originally built in 1895, this grand Richmond hotel
was damaged severely by fire in 1901 and reopened only months later.
Edward Valentine's statue of Thomas Jefferson stands in the upper
lobby over a pool that once was the home of live
alligators." THAT'S ALLIGATORS, PEOPLE!
10 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]