Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Time Of Land EP - (2010)

Time of Land is evidence of a band emerging from their first recordings (which are excellent in it of themselves) with a broader palette to offer listeners as the new ideas further live up to the promise and execution of the first album from Have a Nice Life. Swirling keyboard and other assorted electronic sounds bulwark cavernous sounding drum machines that give a heartbeat to the EP, all provide quiet a dense sound that truly creates quite an atmosphere. The vocals are a big kicker on Time of Land as they help to bring a cohesiveness to the EP through the mellow songs ("Wizards of the Black Hundreds" and "The Parhelic Circle") and the more pop songs ("Woe Unto Us" and "The Icon and the Axe"), which one would be hard pressed to find catchier dark pop than these right now. Time of Land is a mostly mellow affair with quite a bit of catchy pop elements that draw the listener into its waves of pleasant atmospherics and deceivingly unassuming vocals that play at not being the center of attention while subtly grabbing the spotlight at times while not sacrificing the overall moods and melodies of the songs on the EP.


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