Ativin – Interiors


Music can have quite the affect on one’s imagination. By listening to a particular group or song, one can sometimes be transported to another place or dimension. The right combination of proper atmosphere, mood, and a great album on the stereo can send a person deep into their subconscious. For this reason, many writers have been known to listen to music to put themselves into the areas of their mind that are sometimes difficult to access. For instance, film writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has been quoted as saying that he constantly listens to music when coming up with his screenplays. After taking a listen to Ativin’s Interiors album, one could bet that if a talented writer like Anderson played this disc he could probably come up with quite an interesting story.

Ativin’s full-length is top-notch on intricacy and instrumentation. There are very few songs that contain vocals. In some cases, this could lead to a repetitive album that one would throw on for merely background music. That is not the case with this record, though, as the song writing is solid and the atmosphere provided is a hard one to leave behind when the disc stops playing. That is the sure sign of a solid record.

“Interiors” is a haunting number that begins the album and gives the listener a good taste of what they are in for. The use gentle guitar with a touch of atmosphere in the background make the listener feel like they are in for something special. The follow-up song,”Scissors,” is a bit more up-beat in pace. The song even gets a bit heavy and intense at times as the music unfolds. One gets the sense early on in this record that the band is willing and able to take the listener almost anywhere.

“Underwater” is the first track to feature vocals. However, instead of putting emphasis on the lyrics, the band uses them as if they were another instrument. They stay in the background and are as minimal as the rest of the tones on the track. Everything comes together to form a somber and meditative mix. “Two Knives as Crutches” abruptly cuts in from the quiet of the previous track and continues the journey of the listener at a quicker pace. As with the other tracks, the guitars are played to perfection for the sound the group is going for. There is also some nice bass work and percussion on this track as well. For some reason, “End of Tape” sounds like a quieter version of Fugazi. Maybe it’s because the riffs are a bit more intense, although not distorted. This is one of the more intense numbers on the album.

One would think that a band that puts out a record mostly full of instrumentals would drag every song out to its fullest to get the most out of the mood. Ativin does the unexpected by keeping things moving and full of life. Just as one is settling comfortably into the groove of one song, the group abruptly changes pace and moves on to the next. Although the record is predominantly a quiet one, there is a sense of urgency evoked by the band. It’s almost as if they are guiding the listener towards a destination that only the band knows about. The album is structured so well that one is intrigued to find out where this supposed place is and can’t help but want to go along for the ride.

Interiors is a solidly crafted and highly imaginative album. Anyone looking to be transplanted to another dimension, or to merely take a breather from life, is urged to take a listen.