Those who have not already read my nerdish accolades for Locktender should familiarize themselves with their EP of collected songs. One such song, the prodigous “Visions of the Daughters of Albion” appears here as promised accompanied by two songs from a Chicago based band known as Brighter Arrows. I will spare you further exaltation of the ex-Men As Trees transcendental post-hardcore trio Locktender and instead focus on their wax-mates. Before taking the plunge though, take a long hard look at the immaculate artwork provided by Benny at Druckwelle Design.
The midwestern quartet offer a much more subdued exhibition of the emo family. Their pedigree comes very clearly from their 90s forefathers—bands like Mineral or Sunny Day Real Estate. The twin songs “Eternity” and “Entirety” reflect and refract the sounds of post-industrial sprawl, intentionally or not, a slowcore-ish sound rolls heavily through each track. The two intricately wound emotional vignettes sound akin to moments on Closer to Closed which found fellow Illinoisan’s Braid returning to offer a different breed of the fruit they planted years ago. Brighter Arrows occasional resemble the current torch bearers of slow, indie emo Empire! Empire! The second track tranquilly rings and ripples with trebley chords and steady bass work, building under the spoken word bridge before a never quite breaking climax. When I first caught wind of this split 10” I wondered how the group would stack up against Locktender. All my high hopes came to fruition as both groups have crafted a gorgeous split.
9 Notes/ Hide
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