The White Birch - 2023 Reissue

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A white ship sailing in a sea of blackness, Codeine’s swan song arrived in 1994amid grunge’s ascension to alt radio’s godhead status. John Engle’s guitar alternates between crystalline and sludge, and Stephen Amersham’s distorted bass floats on top of punishing drums from newcomer Doug Scharin (Rex, June of44), resulting in nine perfect meditations on the loneliness and uncertainty of early adulthood. “Codeine’s unyielding numbness creates its own kind of warmth — the feeling of cold water running for so long that it suddenly feels hot.” —Spin


1. Sea
2. Loss Leader
3. Vacancy
4. Kitchen Light
5. Washed Up
6. Tom
7. Ides
8. Wird
9. Smoking Room

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