March 9, 2015

LP: 100% - It Gets Darker

In the dark and in love with 100%’s new album.

Do you ever find yourself crouched beneath your bed, nipping at your fingernails at 2 A.M. as you think about the rest of your life? Ever find yourself struggling to put your finger on the appropriate soundtrack for moments like these? Well, there’s good news, and bad news. I’ll start with the bad news. Those nails won’t be reuniting with those fingertips of yours anytime soon and, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but I don’t have much to help you out on the whole existential crisis front. But the good news is that I found the record that might bring you out from under that bed, and into the dark, side-by-side with the rest of us. Behold: 100%. 100% - formerly whatever, dad - is one half feelings and one half fuzziness. Their latest record, It Gets Darker, is sparse, simple, spectacular and it has to be listened to in the dark. Emphasis on the ‘it has to be’; as in you haven’t got much choice.The color scheme of the bandcamp page is plum text on a purple backdrop, so it’s virtually impossible to make out the track listings no matter how hard you squint. This entire record is an in-the-dark experience, regardless of whether you have your blinds drawn or not, but this is what makes this record what it is.

100% lines It Gets Darker thinly. It’s layered with little but the sound of their own voice, the pluck of a few strings, and the occasional clatter from the mouth of the outside world. I was about three plays in when I began to swallow myself into the plum-on-purple and the decision of pulling myself into the dark left me completely and utterly submerged in the day-to-day sounds that interact with this record. These sounds, although I hear them almost daily, really knocked the air out of me. The way they interplay with these songs sunk straight into me: the stirring of cars driving past, the brush of fingertips pushing their way past a set of guitar strings, an airplane taking off, and the whisper of two words as the last song pulls to a close: “It’s beautiful.” And if this record is what that whisper is referring to, it’s not wrong.

It Gets Darker feels like living the rest of your life with your eyes closed, and consequently amplifying every other sense. 100% brings out the beauty of a few notes plucked out on an acoustic guitar, accompanied with one voice – held up against nothing but a quiet room with the front window opened ever so slightly to let in the outside world in the smallest of fragments. It’s far too mesmeric to cram beneath your bed to forget about alongside your existential crisis and your badly beaten fingernails. So even if it doesn’t get you much further out from beneath your bed, this record should at least pull you up, out from off the carpet stains, and into the comfort of your bed – safely beneath the dark of your covers, all huddled up with the light of your laptop and the sound of 100% to keep you warm.


Listen to 100% on bandcamp.

Madalyn Trewin, a scrawny Australian teenager, who is feeding her obsession with dogs, David Lynch and Daniel Johnston twenty-four hours a day. If not that, she's writing about things she likes and saturating her friends in glitter so she can take photos of them to post onto her blog.