Thursday, January 13, 2011
Although this five-track EP is on the short side, clocking in at under 15 minutes, it is incredibly well crafted. Intro sets the scene, a short instrumental piece which gives a flavour of the style that is maintained throughout. Moving seamlessly from Intro to Atrocious Ra, they pick up the pace a bit with the drums coming into their own and bassist Blake Bedsaul's vocals a perfect counterpoint to the melodies going on underneath.
I am really impressed with the melodies throughout actually. Drums, bass, guitar and vocals are all running on slightly different tracks yet they blend particularly well together. Saul describe their melodies as "unhinged" and I can agree with that as a description. Take Intimacy, for example, where the vocals are a sort of restrained gothic rock (and I should note that guitarist Zach Bedsaul provides quality backing vocals as well), the guitar is maintaining its own subdued line but at a subtley different pace, and Todd Poland's drums rise and fall in prominance like a wave.
The five tracks are all quite similar in style and tone, so the CD sort of drifts from one to the next without much of a break. It works really well here; sometimes it's a risk and a band is in danger of sounding too samey, but this is just the right length to carry it off. They aren't afraid to allow elements to be unsupported either, sometimes the vocals go it alone, sometimes the guitar is allowed to float solo without bass or drums. Then you have the interludes of rapidfire drums in Take It From Me which are low enough in the mix to maintain the subtlety of crafting rather than overpowering the other elements.
It's good stuff. A heavier handed production would have dramatically changed the vibe and possibly ruined what instead comes across as an introspective and very well thought through EP. Tweet this!