Consolation
Protomartyr - Consolation
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
User Score
Based on 71 ratings
2018 Ratings: #142
June 15, 2018 / Release Date
EP / Format
Domino / Label
Post-Punk, Art Punk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
DIY

There’s still barely any light allowed in, but Protomartyr’s prowess at channeling darkness into something cathartic has never been stronger.

80
Drowned in Sound

Consolation may only be four tracks clocking in around 15 minutes, but it remains just as impactful as any of their long-players.

80
The Line of Best Fit

It may lack tsome of the hooks and the directness of Protomartyr’s full-lengths, but Consolation EP is a record that highlights a slightly different side to the group.

80
Exclaim!

Not only do these elements assuredly set Consolation E.P. apart from Protomartyr's other work, they also make this four-song release one of 2018's most unique offerings.

80
The Skinny

Protomartyr's high standard continues on Consolation E.P. proving the Detroit band still have plenty of gas left in the tank following 2017's Relatives in Descent.

80
Under The Radar

As ever, Protomartyr deliver absolutely unmissable, essential music for and from the darkest of hearts.

80
PopMatters

Protomartyr has yet to let us down, and Consolation assures that they aren't going to anytime soon.

77
Pitchfork

The four-song EP from the Michigan post-punk band features Kelley Deal of the Breeders and some of the most pointed and impactful songwriting of their career.

75
Northern Transmissions

For their new record ... the band decides to give a sparing offering of their raw punk energy, and atypical writing. Though this can offer a lot of brutal and raw energy, the album’s inconsistent moments will ultimately prove divisive more than anything.

70
AllMusic

There are not a lot of bands who do what Protomartyr does, and even if there were, the skill and fury of their music would still set them apart, and Consolation is a brief but potent reminder that they're a force to be reckoned with.

Jul 3, 2018
71
The political lyrics are drowned out by noisy percussion. I was hoping for a more colorful and fast paced album similar to the band's previous album. A bit disappointing when I loved Relatives in Descent so much, but its still listenable.
Jun 24, 2018
72
Protomartyr returns after not even a year away with a very Arsty, yet still just as gloomy E.P. And no, it's certainly not terrible.  Like I said, with some very suave performances and obtuse horns, this is a completely new side to the band.  But because it's just such a small sampling of this sound, I don't know if I'm completely into it yet.  Hell, I don't even know if Protomartyr themselves are completely behind it.  But for now it seems like an interesting direction to ... read more
Jun 19, 2018
laz456
80
I love this freaking band.
Jun 17, 2018
R68saga
65
SHIT IS FINE
Jun 14, 2018
chunderz
76
It can seem a little abrasive at times, but the jolted and chaotic feel of Protomartyr's EP, 'Consolation' is still every bit as enjoyable as their previous release.

Favourite tracks: Same Face in a Different Mirror, Wheel of Fortune
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Track List
  1. Wait
  2. Same Face in a Different Mirror
  3. Wheel of Fortune (feat. Kelley Deal)
  4. You Always Win (feat. Kelley Deal)
Contributions By
patton, thisisabtlgrnd, andy


Added on: May 2, 2018