Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody – I Could Sleep for a Thousand Years

January 01, 1970

(Second Motion)


With Swervedriver, Adam Franklin had an eight-year run
spinning out dreamy textures of distorted guitar that, however, loud they might
turn in live performance, had an unruffled serenity to them.  Bolts of Melody, following a quieter
interlude as Toshack Highway,
pursues the same muscular, feedback-glazed reveries as Swervedriver, its
reflective melodies hedged with swirling masses of guitar sound.   Franklin’s band – which now includes Ley Taylor on guitar,
Josh Stoddard on bass, Gerard Menke on pedal steel – has gotten noticeably more
confident on second Bolts outing  I Could Sleep for a Thousand Years, building
dense, hallucinatory thickets of sound around Franklin’s rueful songs. 


“Yesterday Has Gone Forever,” the album’s first cut and one
of its best, pits soft, ruminative lyrics against a firestorm of distorted
guitar a la My Bloody Valentine.  Its instrumental layers shimmer, waver and
fade like heat mirages in psychedelic uncertainty.  “I’ll Be Your Mechanic” leans more into Sonic
Youth’s lyrical washes of feedback, a muted roar cresting under Franklin’s worn-in murmur.   “She
Is Closer Now Than I’ve Ever Been” is janglier, quieter, more introspective,
yet haunted by the same bittersweet backwards-looking.   And
long, lovely “Take Me Too My Leader,” follows a shambolic tambourine over brightly
colored melodies that have the symmetry of pop, the gauzy luminosity of
experimental guitar rock.  


Even without the guitar-driven sturm und drang, this would be one of 2010’s prettiest pop
records.  With it, it’s something else
altogether stronger, more dramatic and more affecting.


“Yesterday Has Gone Forever” “She Is Closer Now Than I’ve
Ever Been” “Take Me To My Leader” JENNIFER


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