Resumption was a lucky random find for me. Upon researching, I wasn’t able to find any information whatsoever on Black Tongues. But with this album, they’ve proved themselves to be an underground gem.
Resumption isn’t particularly inventive in terms of songwriting or arranging, but it has enough compelling elements to lure you in. The main element that keeps Resumption afloat is the fantastic vocalist. She is great at telling detailed stories through her inventive vocal timbres (she often breaks her voice or creaks out notes through a whisper). I love the way she leans into certain parts of the melodies as if she is dropping her weight into them out of exasperation. She uses this technique this when she reaches high notes or at important harmonic changes. Rather than arriving on notes directly, she slides from note to note with short chromatic sequences reminiscent of crying.
One of the most striking examples of this is in the last minute of “Warm Feelings,” when she jumps down to minor intervals while cracking/splitting her voice. The same technique can be heard in the choruses of “Encounter” and in the unnerving last minute of “Kill Me,” when she repeats “kill me” over and over. In “Y,” she sings through a wavering whisper. It is fascinating to hear her to tentatively add more tone and volume every once and a while only to ultimately ebb away.
Other things I like about this album are the long, involved melodic lines and the sleek bass lines. They are filled out by balmy guitars and electronics, which set the tone for the album.
I can’t say that every second of this album is fresh; I think it would be benefited by rhythms and arrangements that are as inventive as the vocal techniques portrayed by the singer. However, the strength of the vocal performances, the melodies, and the overall atmosphere makes this a gripping listen nonetheless. This is the type of music that would be great blasted in a slick crime thriller because of its moody bass-lines, swooping melodies, and a badass vocalist.