Angelo De Augustine - Tomb
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Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #10 / 21
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Based on 70 ratings
2019 Ratings: #11
January 11, 2019 / Release Date
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Asthmatic Kitty / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

Tomb is a record of heartbreak that never wallows, a reflection on loss that does not allow itself to become stuck in the past, and resolutely optimistic at its core. What we find here, on what is arguably the pinnacle of his output to date, is De Augustine achieving the beautiful balance between introspection and grandeur; straddling the place where pain and hope intersect.

Northern Transmissions

Tomb is truly meant for everyone with a personal ax to grind. Retrospection rules.


What we end up with here is Angelo De Augustine’s most brazen step forward to date. Tomb sees him not buried, but bursting forth with flourishing atmospheres. By nature his music is still very soft-spoken – almost Elliott Smith-like in that regard – but this is no longer the crackly, static-bound lo-fi songwriter that gave us Spirals of Silence and Swim Inside The Moon.


While the title suggests De Augustine's third full-length album is full of sepulchral tones, Tomb has a lightness to it. De Augustine is immersed in love throughout, so while he's working through tough stuff, we are ultimately left with the feeling that De Augustine is growing stronger and that love will bloom again.

The 405

Rather than allowing grief or bitterness to well up and overwhelm him, he instead uses his music as a vehicle to not only cope, but to also find some sense of reconciliation. On that end, Tomb doesn’t compartmentalize any lingering sense of doubt or despair so much as it comes to terms with those feelings, giving De Augustine some much-needed perspective and the chance to embrace the brighter possibilities that lie ahead.


By adding cleaner production, synth and string flourishes alongside poppier and catchier refrains, De Augustine largely hits the mark on Tomb. With a few curveballs thrown throughout, the warm and comforting lull of Swim Inside the Moon is long gone, replaced by a fascinating record that updates his prior work without losing any of its intimacy.

God Is in the TV
If we’re all on some crowded, fractious Network Rail-style journey from womb to tomb, then Angelo De Augustine’s new album is almost disembarking from the crowded carriage and trudging towards a rail-replacement bus service. It’s definitely a document of a life that’s suffered something between leaves on the line and derailment.
Debido a su estilo de cantar, las comparaciones con Sufjan Stevens pueden ser obvias. Sin embargo, este es un decente e introspectivo álbum de folk rock, y te puede gustar si eres asiduo a escuchar música de Elliot Smith o el mismo Sufjan. Vale la pena una escuchada!
What a better way to start the year than with another sad indie folk album from Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty Label?

'Tomb' is highly reminiscent of Stevens' haunting 2015 masterpiece 'Carrie and Lowell' with a similar subtle yet beautiful production quality. I do feel however, that the production may be a tad too subtle on this album. Where on 'Carrie and Lowell' we were swept away in nostalgic ambience every time Stevens took his fingers off the guitar, here we are only graced with the ... read more
While listening to the first four songs, I was rather confused about the hype that this album was getting, as everything sounded way tot similar to Sufjan, and the lyrics didn't do anything to stick out.

However, as the project chugged along, the lyrics started to become much more distinct and introspective, to a point where I actually loved a couple of tracks on here.

The dude is naturally talented, and the melodies are done very well, if a tad too repetitive sometimes, and with all aspects ... read more
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Track List

  1. Tomb
  2. All to the Wind
  3. You Needed Love, I Needed You
  4. I Could Be Wrong
  5. Tide
  6. Kaitlin
  7. Time
  8. Somewhere Far Away from Home
  9. Wanderer
  10. A Good Man’s Light
  11. Bird Has Flown
  12. All Your Life
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Added on: December 4, 2018