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Belong- "A Walk"

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It's been five years since New Orleans' Belong released their full-length debut via Carpark Records. Common Era is the new album, and Kranky is the new label.

In regards to the song above, "A Walk," I want to say this music feels like an eternity--but I mean that to be a positive statement. There's a steady drumbeat in the background that reminds me of Joy Division, but the ghostly vocals and rotten keyboards give me the sensation of being stuck in a dark, damp cave.

Some tracks on this LP, such as "Perfect Life," get a little louder, a little clearer. But there are just as many moments here where filthy drones and ambient soundscapes are on the menu.