Abel – Erase Your Memory See The LiGHT

The bedroom-folk music of Abel continues to progress with the release of their two latest singles, “Erase Your Memory” and “See The Light.” It’s a strive in artistic evolution, as what we’re hearing here is that Abel is truly coming into their own as a bedroom-folk artist. 

In its four-minute running time, the first of two tracks, “Erase Your Memory” sees each of the four verses stretched out almost over a minute. That is to say, this isn’t purely an instrumental track. There is a lot of raw emotion in the melodramatic, drawn-out delivery of lines like, “Will you please erase your memory/Of me/Of me/It’s above me,” evoking emotions of lusted-after love. The way that this track stretches over a murky texture is quite pleasing.

The mitigating guitar that greets us; the self-aware bass; the flute-esque synths. More so on past tracks, Abel’s voice soars over this grand accompaniment. The track builds to Abel half-screaming, “I’ll always be insane.” There is so much control in the vocals here, too.

Erase Your Memory See the Light by abel

“See the Light” sees Abel step back into the lo-fi folk-rock, Elliott Smith-Bright Eyes territory that we saw them shine in on last September’s LP Happy Belated. The album saw Abel perfect their own vision of how sorrow should sound. What we’re hearing on “See the Light,” though, is Abel really stepping into unashamedly being themselves. 

He enlisted the help of Michael Wells and Luke Neff as well as helped with the mixing on Happy Belated. However, on the dual-single release, Abel handled mixing duties, which resulted in more staccato drums and a more grandiose texture.. 

But Abel isn’t without engineering help on this record. The adept Glenn Davis provided mastering duties, which is a reason why I think that we’re starting to hear Abel’s voice soar on these latest releases. Davis has one of the most unique voices in Columbus and also works with some of the most-talented male vocalists around town (i.e. Stewart Johnson of Sweet Teeth, Zac Little of Saintseneca). There’s a lot of exquisite instrumentation on this track (intimate shakers, soft cymbal taps), but it’s hard to not pinpoint how much Abel’s voice has evolved over the past year.

What’s most apparent between these two songs is how juvenile the drumming sounds. Percussive parts are few and far between on “Erase Your Memory” and “See the Light,” but when they appear, they make themselves known. At times it sounds like somebody crafted a makeshift drum kit out of a cardboard box, and this DIY ethos is most certainly welcome on these musical fixings. 

While “Erase Your Memory” distends over four minutes, “See the Light” drops out just a hair over 90 seconds in. One could pinpoint the texture of these two tracks as being the intertwining bridge between them, but what impressed me the most here – and on past releases – is how vulnerable Abel is capable of being. The bidding farewell that we’re left with from this track: “My mind is making me uptight/Run fast, you might not see the light,” is proof enough.

Check out these related articles:


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.