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Hold You Up

by Zelienople

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Lost Tribe Sound This is a fucking treat! Much cooler than my words will allow for. I'd say it is a must for fans of the founding fathers of post-rock, namely Bark Psychosis and Talk Talk. But I think Zelienople have taken that highly prized sound to new places, with an sound palette that remains focused throughout. offering a ton of lush instrumental surprises, flawless meditative drumming, and the apathetic and lulling vocal ramblings of Matt Christensen.
Bryan Santizo
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Bryan Santizo It's their life, don't you forget. This record is full of depth and empathy. A juxtaposed subtle and apparent evolution of the Zelienople sound. Calming, dark, and powerful. Since I first heard them years and years ago, I can't find any other bands pursuing this sound and direction. Bless these guys. Favorite track: Hold You Up.
Trampaluz [Fernando Arce]
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Trampaluz [Fernando Arce] Its a really Great Album.... Excelente!!!
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Safer 06:30
Breathe 06:05
Hold You Up 08:13
You Have It 04:35
America 05:54


For their first album in 5 years, Zelienople turns on the current time with a record of low key decaying songs wrapped in hypnotic, driving rhythms.

The Chicago based trio is back with a stunner of an underground pop album. Their most reverb heavy bombast is gone in favour of pure earth bound intimate tunes that feel like they summon the spirit of the late Mark Hollis. Shrouded tribal percussion and rippling vocals are at the forefront, while looped atmospheres echo in the distance.

Since the release of their last album, vocalist Matt Christensen has been known for pouring his soul out in countless bandcamp releases of singer/songwriter, experimental and ambient offerings. It's hard to keep up with him, but one can't but to admire the dedication and extremely high quality of it all. Mike Weis on the other hand is less prolific, but has become a focused student of Korean Shaman and Buddhist music, often performing in zen based percussive rituals when he's not involved in side projects of improvisational music. Brian Harding is perhaps the most anonymous of the three, yet he is the steady, grounding element on bass that keeps them as one. Together, they create a beautifully realised own voice that feels especially close on their new album. Hold You Up is like a slow walk through a withering world, though one with a sense of refuge. This is music with heart - navigating darkness through light.


released March 13, 2020


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Zelienople is Matt Christensen, Brian Harding and Mike Weis

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