Codeine

The White Birch (2023 Reissue)


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A white ship sailing in a sea of blackness, Codeine’s swan song arrived in 1994 amid grunge’s ascension to alt radio’s godhead status. John Engle’s guitar alternates between crystalline and sludge, and Stephen Immerwhar’s distorted bass floats on top of punishing drums from newcomer Doug Scharin (Rex, June of 44), 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

Tracklist

SIDE A
1. Sea
2. Loss Leader
3. Vacancy
4. Kitchen Light
5. Washed Up

SIDE B
6. Tom
7. Ides
8. Wird
9. Smoking Room