Easily one of our favourite records so far this year. All This Time is Terror Bird’s 3rd full length and is by far the most personal, emotionally affecting and musically developed.
Recorded at home over a period of 5 months, the 10 songs on All This Time document a period of intense emotional upheaval, a period wherein Nevver underwent major shifts in her personal life, rediscovered the solo recording process (previous albums having used live drumming and studio production) and married a raw, personal music with a straight-to-tape aesthetic most in-tune with her early recording experiences. The difference this time is that Nevver’s unique voice – at turns operatic and fragile, untutored and wearing its heart on its sleeve – serves as the perfect conduit for the emotional turmoil in the songs.
Nevver’s voice has grown into a formidable instrument, a towering, unabashed vocal whose resonance curls around the synth and drum machine production, at times duetting with itself, at times scaling the vocal register to reach new dramatic heights. Brought up on the music of the 80s “studio” – The Smiths, Siousxie, The Cure – Nevver’s music exists beyond modern zeitgeists or considerations, subverting “big production” music into a personal DIY aesthetic. It’s a pure songwriting that outgrows genre and thrives purely on the merits of direct communication between songwriter and listener.
Each song on All This Time serves as a chapter in a narrative that is universal; from the self-doubt and loneliness of opener The Wrong Way, to the doomed bedroom romance of Try To Break Me, from the masochistic guilt of Locket to the near-anthemic Lust & Violence. Each song speaks directly, plainly, to the listener, dispensing as much as possible with the unnecessary augmentation of modern pop music; All This Time is simply the deeply romantic, part-doomed / part-hopeful songs of a singular, unique talent.