been thinking about this album alot recently. have been coming back to it since sophomore year of high school
what a fucking rollercoaster of an album. as great as tweez and the s/t ep are, spiderland puts them in the dirt. raw, bleak, enigmatic, stunningly intricate yet completely unpretentious in it's delivery. there's so little conventional form here, and yet it's structure will knock you on your ass at first listen. they use dissonance so well in their song structure, their themes, the sound, in practically every aspect of the album, and while it may put off some at first(including myself), I just don't see how it could have been done more appropriately. six songs, and each one is perfect, both individually and as part of the album. I think don, aman in particular is a great example of the album as a whole - starts out smoky, quiet, brooding, slowly building to a barrage that ends abruptly, leaving you feeling brutalized. the lyrics are abstract and sparse, open to many interpretations from simply uplifting to hauntingly visceral.
I haven't quite heard anything like it, over two decades after it was released. despite this, it's influence cannot be understated. so many post-rock, post-hardcore and math rock bands draw from slint, and yet, no one has done slint better than slint, or even come remotely close to doing so.
listen to it. with headphones.