Melodic Revolution 2020
Delving into matters of the heart and soul, progressive purveyors of folksy mysteries find their new bearings.
This ensemble excel in building momentum on many a level – often in an elemental manner, which is quite fitting for their fantastic fixation on natural things. Yet while the group’s previous singles, "Blood And Water" and "This Winter's Child" – both released in 2019 – seemed to be exploring both external and internal worlds, “Casually Containing Rage” focuses on human nature, to a chilling effect. That’s why, perhaps, it marks the first time the Americans laid down decided to not only unveil their new songs but to also cover a classic.
The collective’s take on “Accidentally Like A Martyr” – a number rubbing shoulders with “Werewolves Of London” on Warren Zevon’s album: an excellent choice of a deep cut! – serves as the EP’s lightweight, if passionate, piano-driven centerpiece, whereas its opener “To My Love” places Dyanne Potter Voegtlin’s processed voice in a glacial soundscape. Such an alien environment will get shattered with bass and sprinkled with delicate percussion before the hypnotic vocals splinter into a homespun choir whose polyphony is bolstered by a sparse but strong groove and whose absence is enhanced with Amit Chatterjee’s soaring six strings. Strangely, “We Could Be” simmers too slowly to convince the listener with a hopeful chorus – unlike the composition’s anthemic, cosmic ivories which feel rather persuasive, in a jazzy way.
This variety doesn’t have a lot of space to breathe on a tree-track record, yet once there’s a full-length offering for it to unfold, it make work wonders.