A Quiet Darkness - DOWNTOWN
FILTER Grade: 81%
By Laura Studarus on April 18, 2013
Houses’ sophomore album traces a couple’s attempt at connecting in the wake of a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Weaving together electronics, found sounds and live percussion, the husband-and-wife duo has created a dream-pop album that rests on a razor’s edge between intimate and cinematic (see: the slowly blossoming “The Beauty Surrounds”). Relentlessly dark—spoiler alert: things aren’t looking so good for our protagonists—Houses still somehow manage to find breathtaking wonder in the wreckage. The results are truly heartbreaking.