Half Film "East Of Monument/The Road To The Crater" Reviewed at The Music

“This “double album” from Half Film isn’t exactly new music – the trio found themselves caught up in the slowcore scene of the late-‘90s, and after bringing out East Of Monument in 1998 and The Road To The Crater in 1999, they called it a day. Hidden Shoal Recordings have taken it upon themselves to put both albums out, and it’s a gem of slow-burning, understated atmosphere. East Of Monument’s eight tracks all run into each other with slight sonic variations of tone and cadence yet all set on the same steady keel. There’s no ebb and flow here; from the brooding Weather Patterns to the ambling undulations of Beaten By A Landslide, the songs invariably remain the same. Even when they break from tradition, they don’t – The Arrangement holds a candle to Slint, albeit without the cathartic violent release, whilst Sortition threatens the quiet/loud dynamic of post-rock to no avail. Yet despite the repetition, the inherent melody is held throughout, a muted nuance held further aloft by guitarist Conor Devlin’s hushed vocals. The Road To The Crater doesn’t really break from this formula, instead infusing each song with a stronger personality to stand on their own two feet whilst still intrinsically linked to each other as a whole. The soaring twang of the guitar on Stepless, the slight harmonies of The Mother Of All Distance and the insistent bass underlying Birchwood all add warmth not felt before. And in Machines, Hawks And The Perfect Equation, they’ve crafted a song that rivals anything that Low or Codeine were doing at the same time. A missed gem to be...

Half Film Re-Issues – Some Lost, Some Found

“I missed Half Film by just a hair when I arrived in the greater Bay Area in 2000, but they had left a lasting effect on countless moody guitar acts that could be described as the “SlowCore” scene. I picked up their final 7 inch released on AIP Records in 2000, but was never able to acquire their earlier material in a physical format. Thanks to Hidden Shoal Records, now a whole new generation of depressed-sounding bands can see what Half Film was all about…This is highly recommended stuff for anyone who has a Red House Painters or Low record sitting on their shelf. The fact that these guys don’t have the same fan base as those bands shocks me to no end.” – Some Lost, Some Found Related Items:Kramies 'The Hill Dweller' Reviewed at Half-Life MusicKarl Blau & The World of Dust - "Blue Herons" Split 7"Alpha Hall "Omens" Reviewed at Half-Life MusicThe World of Dust - The Life of GodsChristorpher Sky 'End of an Era' Reviewed at Audio...

Half Film "Road To The Crater" – Alternative Press

“…filled with late-night bedroom ambiance and melodies that reveal themselves like a meticulous unfurled scroll….a fine drive…” – Alternative Press Related Items:Chloe March "Starlings & Crows" Reviewed by Craig Laurance GidneyNew Isophene Single, Album in OctoberAlpha Hall "Omens" Reviewed at Half-Life MusicTodd Tobias & Chloe March "Amialluma" Reviewed by Craig Laurance GidneyThree Questions With Connected...

Half Film "Road To The Crater" – Melody Maker

“Low-key underground guitar atmos that’s very moody indeed… Stark like Joy Division and darkly melodic like Neil Young… 4/5.” – Melody Maker Related Items:New Moonchy & Tobias Single, EP in JuneMoonchy & Tobias 'Vertigo Trail' Reviewed at Left BankMoonchy & Tobias "Venus Mirror" EP Out Now!Kramies 'The Hill Dweller' Reviewed at Half-Life MusicAlpha Hall "Omens" Reviewed at Half-Life...

Half Film – SF Weekly

“Half Film is striking in its simplicity. Its sound — characterized by Devlin’s mechanical, arpeggiated guitar, Hedderman’s keen melodic sense, and Lakis’ understated, often brushed drumming — has been called hypnotic by more than one observer. Atop it all is Devlin’s Irish-accented baritone (both he and Hedderman hail from Dublin), and expressionist lyrics. The band’s newly released sophomore album, The Road to the Crater, is remarkable more for creating space — and the sense of it — than for filling it up. It’s Half Film’s ability to conjure what (Monte) Vallier calls “a mood” that has endeared the band to fans throughout the U.S. and Europe.” – SF Weekly Related Items:Alpha Hall "Omens" Reviewed at Half-Life MusicKramies 'The Hill Dweller' Reviewed at Half-Life MusicThe Lizard PointChristorpher Sky 'End of an Era' Reviewed at Audio FuzzThe Lizard Point - New Single and Forthcoming...