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Tomb

Angelo De Augustine

2019

Tomb
Album Summary

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Tomb is the third studio album by American musician Angelo de Augustine, released on Asthmatic Kitty on January 11, 2019. De Augustine collaborated with Thomas Bartlett on all 12 tracks. It is an alternative folk album about a breakup and its emotional fallout. Most of the songs were written after a breakup de Augustine experienced at the end of 2017. The subsequent pain and loss is the principal theme of the album. He draws a comparison between the breakup and his father leaving home. The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Writing for Under the Radar, Michael James Hall said that "(Tomb) is a remarkable, quietly powerful, and astoundingly beautiful album from an artist who now deserves to take his place among his influences". Margaret Farrell of Pitchfork proclaimed that "despite the album's dark, damp, sepulchral title, light manifests numerous times on Tomb. In the dizzying chime of his careful fingerpicking and high-pitched howls, De Augustine captures love's bright blaze".

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2.83

Votes

72

Genres

  • Folk

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Mon Jan 15 2024
4

It makes sense that this person tours with Sufjan, because Angelo sounds like a not-quite-as-well-formed Sufjan. Enjoyable!

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Wed Jan 17 2024
4

Beautiful. I happened to get this on a cold, rainy day. It was perfect.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
4

VRaiment bien, C'est super calme et ca détend. un bonne musique d'ambiance pour un petit moment. 4

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Sat Mar 02 2024
4

Very nice. Quite reminiscent of Elliott Smith and Sufjan Stevens but still different enough to be interesting. 4 stars.

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Tue Jan 09 2024
3

Not gonna lie, not really my style at all. But generally dig concept/theme albums. The theme of breakups are pretty much universal and we can all relate. Understand why someone would really like this album, but the soft-spoken folksie-ness of it is a turn off for me.

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Sat Jan 27 2024
2

I see that this guy is on the same Ashmatic Kittly label as Sufjan Stevens, and he definitely sounds like Sufjan lite. I Could Be Wrong is nice, but the samey sameness of every song on this album and his oh so delicate voice gets a bit tedious after awhile.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
1

Why is the singer putting on such a silly voice

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Thu Feb 08 2024
5

A really pleasant album choice, like a fuzzy blanket of depression.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
4

7/10. This was good. I enjoyed listening to it. I feel like I should have more to say about it, but I guess this is it.

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Sat Mar 09 2024
4

Very minimalistic. Sad, yet dreamy. Not something I'd prefer to play spontaniously. But could appreciate this

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Sat Jan 13 2024
3

Started out strong for me (definitely in my wheelhouse as a Bon Iver, Sufijan Stevens fan) but feel like he doesn't find enough range and it all sort of fades together. The vocals only come in one tone and temperature and the music is so understated as to almost vanish at times.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
3

Breathy modern alternative/ indie is a lot of people’s jam but never has quite been mine. Nothing hurtful I’m just not that interested

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Mon Jan 29 2024
3

Tasteful guitar here, tasteful vocal layering here... De Augustine's arrangements have all the benefits of our century, though the songs feel as likely assembled on tape as digitally. There are no huge stylistic or formal leaps, just spacious folk music which elegantly evades a temperature.

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Thu Feb 08 2024
3

I like the vibe, but a whole album of it got very samey very quickly. Neat that someone from my hometown got put on this list though.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
3

Definitely sounds like something that'd be on the Asthmatic Kitty label. It's fine, I don't mind the softness but it's a bit one dimensional in the breakup way. Maaaybe if I was in a huge breakup I'd really get with it.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
3

I like this for a track or two, but a whole album drags. The piano based "All to the Wind" is my favorite by far. Makes me wish that was the primary instrument rather than guitar.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
3

A few stand-out tracks, and I like the quiet vibe presented here. But 45 minutes of the same quiet vibe without really that much different things going on is a bit much.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
3

This was nice and cosy on a lazy afternoon. But nothing I haven't already heared behoren in this genre.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
3

The influence of Sufjan Stevens is so great and so overwhelming that it overshadows the merits of the album itself

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Sun Mar 31 2024
3

You own a hipster café and want some easily digestible background music? Here you go!

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Fri May 17 2024
3

Gentle, pretty and inoffensive. Very much inspired by Sufjan Stevens but without the experimental pop.

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Tue Apr 23 2024
2

Sufjan-lite was exactly what I thought the second the vocals kicked in, and others hear seemed to have the same impression. The compositions are quite rich, and the production feels like you're right there with Augustine around some cozy campfire while he strums his guitar. The songwriting does leave something to be desired, however, as the LP starts feeling a bit repetitive not even halfway in – variation in tempo, dynamics, or vocal delivery could've saved my interest, but I found myself wanting to leave this campfire for a good while.

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Sun Apr 28 2024
2

Didnt think itd bore as much as it did 2

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Tue Apr 30 2024
2

Appreciate the album theme and the talent but not my gig.

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Tue Mar 12 2024
1

Just listen to the first song. No need to listen to the rest of the album as it's all the same.

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