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American indie rock band formed in New York in 1989 by members Stephen Immerwahr (vocal, bass), Chris Brokaw (drums) and John Engle (guitar). Codeine pioneered the slowcore and sadcore subgenres of indie rock, but with a more experimental attitude than other bands in the genre, such as Low, Idaho and Red House Painters. The band's original tone, marked by slow tempos, Immerwahr's nasal and apathetic vocals, and…

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  • just discovered Atmosphere cover, can't believe I've slept on this for so long
  • I'd even say that frigid stars renders any other slowcore album lightweight. the overall defeatism vibe, the chiming feedback drones over two bass notes in second chance, the crushing chorus in cave in, etc etc. this is the ultimate depressive experience you can get from music, Low's or Red House Painters' sadness seems forced in comparison to this.
  • Frigid Stars is more depressing than any DSBM album [2]
  • this is a cave in
  • This is the kind of band that I will listen to through all my life. [2]
  • I haven't listened to The White Birch yet.
  • I'd say Bluetile Lounge never released an album as good as The White Birch, or a song as good as Ides, but (most of) Frigid Stars does bring Codeine's average down a bit, you're right. Still, an unprecedented album with hardly any traceable influences besides, like, Velvet Underground and maybe Swans (and the Sub Pop scene, obv.). Cigarette Machine & Second Chance are so good. Anyway, I don't think the comparison is fair, despite how influential Codeine were to Bluetile's sound - Codeine have a harsher, colder sound wheras Bluetile Lounge were more.. sentimental.
  • good but Bluetile Lounge are better
  • Right now Pickup Song is making me float
  • Which one is the better Codeine's album to start listening?

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