Serving as a snapshot of a junction between three friends, Albam, the debut LP from the NJ-born band Jacobus, examines the ephemera and existential angst of the modern age. Separated by college, the trio of Dylan Hertzberg (bass, vox), Eli Zeger (guitar, vox) and Nick Sullivan (drums, vox) offers the album as a swan song of sorts for the high school pals as they each explore new path lines in their new respective locales.
Comprised of several previously released singles, Albam tackles plenty of “what’s the point?” queries and offers portraits of seemingly mundane people and activities while ultimately shrugging in the face of it all. All of this comes as Jacobus works up what many would describe as slack rock atmospheres with deceptively complex instrumentations coming to light from under the haze upon repeat listens.
Why eat if you’re not going to savor it? Why have sex if you’re going to cum in less than a minute? Why go through the trouble of doing anything, really? Amidst all of these eternal questions and knowing that this would likely be their last ride, Jacobus still went ahead and recorded Albam. Desperate energy meets relative youth meets a brilliant, intimate sound generated by three friends staring into and out at a void. Swipe right and see what happens.
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