Downward Is Heavenward

Hum - Downward Is Heavenward
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built on juicy riffs and melodies, this album is very detailed and well-crafted in its entirety. it's got the right amount of angst, thought-provoking lyrics, and refreshing vocals. it somehow manages to sound very 90s, yet very ahead of its time. really enjoyed the slight juxtaposition of the heavy and energetic guitars with the tender lyrics.


MY TOP #1 : An Album with a unique and recognizable production at the moment of listening, the order of the songs could not have been better, it is a journey through what I feel a story without beginning or end under an ocean in space, the voice is hypnotizing , the adornments of the choirs and effects of guitar and keyboards it seems that nobody could ever have create something like that, the heavy rhythms in some of the songs are energetic but this album does not stop having a constant pulse, ... read more


when afternoon with the axolotls comes on...


Shoegrunge. Gotta nice ring to it, don't it?


I literally get goosebumps every time (no Travis Scott homo).

It's such a beautifully well crafted rock album. It's so rhythmically vibrant and atmospheric to the point of being overwhelming for me. The guitars fuckin hit sooooooo hard, hitting harder than me trying to get over my crushes. And the sound ? Jesus Christ the sound is so fantastic. Highly recommend it for people who like music!


I had pretty high expectations for this, seeing how much I like You'd Prefer an Astronaut. But this album blew my expectations out of the water. Everything here just... works. It's chaotic and calming at the same time. My one and only complaint is that I don't like some songs in the second half as much, but even then, they're still good and I might warm up to them more.

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Track List

  1. Isle of the Cheetah
  2. Comin' Home
  3. If You Are to Bloom
  4. Ms. Lazarus
  5. Afternoon With the Axolotls
  6. Green to Me
  7. Dreamboat
  8. The Inuit Promise
  9. Apollo
  10. The Scientists
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Added on: March 31, 2015