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~"It wafts in on a big blast of guitar and rhythm sure to give any fan of Creation's output circa 1991 an instant jolt of happiness – it's as if Slowdive never went away. Study of the Lifeless' debut album doesn't break anything close to new ground, but does a great job at that tangled, glazed wash of psych/post-punk forever tagged as shoegazer music, for better or worse. As a self-contained unit, the duo actually sounds more together than full bands who created the same level and complexity of sound; if the credits didn't say any different, it'd be easy to say Study of the Lifeless had at least five members if not more. April's drumming is in many ways as notable and key a part of the group as the guitars, able to give a good, solid punch to the music and as deceptively simple and strong as Mo Tucker's work in the Velvet Underground ever was. Adam, meanwhile, definitely knows his Kevin Shields, but isn't as aggressively avant-garde as the latter often is, favoring instead Neil Halstead and at times Nick McCabe when it comes to well-played and performed aural guitar sculptures guaranteed to create an instantly lovely, unashamedly melancholic mood. The duo's singing is practically inaudible, very intentionally buried deep in the mix and leaving little but a tantalizing whisper – the music is what's central here, and there's nothing wrong with that at all. "Never Know" is a clear standout of Study of the Lifeless at its best, based around a central, endlessly repeated guitar melody that matches with April's drumming to create beautiful, head-nodding bliss. There's less overall variety here than on, say, Loveless itself, but for a first effort, Study of the Lifeless is well on the right track to something potentially very special."

~"Study Of The Lifeless (Adam and April from Soddy Daisy, Tennessee) play the best drone-pop since My Bloody Valentine. Monstrous guitars dominate the picture, and at times the sound reminds the listener of a ten-handed organ with volcano-pipes. The guitars seem to move as large and slow waves, providing something chanting and ambient. This noisy and flowing sound forces the listener to become introverted, and very possibly involved in an experience concerning a stream of image-sequences. This must be what life is like at the bottom of the Pacific - if there is any."

~"It's a slyer reference than most, but the punning reference to My Bloody Valentine's epic album Loveless in this duo's name gives away where Study of the Lifeless got its inspiration from. Adam and April (no last names given) are natives of the Chattanooga, TN, area who first met in 1995 as part of another local act. When that group collapsed, the two decided to keep working together, sharing vocals while respectively concentrating on guitars and bass (Adam) and drums and keyboards (April). The group's debut release, the heavily blissed-out and all the better for it self-titled album, appeared on the American Pop Project label in 2000."

~“The Evening Comes” was featured on the WB TV show “Angel"; episode "Disharmony" in the second season.

~2002 titled “The World Revolves Around You”.

~“Devil Ego” online version only.

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