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New album 'masterpiece'

by Chris Deville
Culture Editor
christopher.deville@ohiou.edu


After six years of tumultuous lineup changes and stylistic shifts, Southeast Engine somehow emerged with an album full of stunning arrangements and resonant lyrics.

The Athens rock band's seemingly endless stint at 3 Elliott Studio has proved absolutely worthwhile. Song for song, "Coming To Terms With Gravity" is a classic album, detailing harrowing existential crises and day-to-day reality in the context of the band's strongest songwriting to date. Add meticulous recording and mixing by new guitarist Josh Antonuccio and some glorious mastering by Chris Weibel, and what we have here is a masterpiece.

Adam Remnant's lyrical journey reaches from heaven to hell but mostly inhabits that confusion-prone middleground known as Planet Earth.

The record begins with "I'm Never Sure," in which Remnant wants to explain the way he's feeling, "like a film is reeling through my mind." Confusion is apparent, and things stay murky throughout the next few songs. Remnant chides someone -maybe himself -"You don't know what you want," and admits, "I try not to lie, but I find it hard to tell the truth all the time."

But by the time he's through navigating aimless collegiate debauchery ("Undergrad"), confronting a best friend ("Forced to Believe") and losing a stare-down with God ("Holy Ghost"), the closing title track finds Remnant at peace, or at least on his way there.

Musically, the album treads louder territory than in the past. Three songs from the first half -"Photos of Nothing," the epic "Up To You" and the Dylanesque "Try" -rock harder than anything in the Southeast Engine catalog. Yet the quietest number, "Coming To Terms With Gravity," is the most adventurous, draping eerie double-tracked vocals and a cello over Leo DeLuca's inventive, spare percussion.

It's a spectacular ending to a transcendent album, one that finds one of Ohio's finest bands operating at the peak of its powers.
- Ohio University Post


Southeast Engine - Love Is A Murder A Mystery Of Sorts

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From exuberant, impassioned rock to restrained, loping alt. folk ballads, Southeast Engine crafts engaging, lovably ramshackle roots tunes. Conjuring a mildly-psych-edged Son Volt or a more earnest Bright Eyes, the stirring vocals of lead singer/songwriter Adam Remnant ride confidently atop the textured, melancholy pop here. Rich bass tones support blissful pedal steel and keyboard lines, harmonica, even occasional flickers of sitar and mandolin. The strong songwriting wrought in fine textures and organic sounds make for a striking debut from this Athens, OH group. (self-released)
- milesofmusic.com


Discography

Love is a Murder, a Mystery of Sorts (LP--2003)
One Caught Fire (EP--2003)
Coming to Terms with Gravity (LP--2005)

One Caught Fire--regional airplay
Coming to Terms With Gravity--regional airplay

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A Southeast Engine show is not a spectator sport. Even the most tragically hip fans of the band find themselves singing along and moving to the undeniable energy of the indie-folk-rock songs that are tinged with just enough of a punk attitude to remind you that anything could happen in the course of a four minute song, from heartbreaking Oberstian fragility to all-out frenetic punk chaos. The best part is, under the watchful eyes of SE frontman Adam Remnant (who his friends know only as "Rem") it might happen in the same song.