This week my iTunes has been all over the place, jumping from old tunes to new ones. I can’t seem to stay on one band, let alone an entire genre. I did however have some clear standouts over this past week. One comes from a 3otW Veteran, on an album no one can seem to put down. Another comes from a band who recently entered the studio to record their debut album. The final is from an old favorite who wont seem to stay away.
1. “I Felt Free” – Circa Survive
Blue Sky Noise , which officially drops tomorrow (4/20) has already made an impact amongst listeners. I pre-orderd the vinyl ages ago, and with the purchase I was granted rights to download the album a week before release. After a week of intense listening I can say that Circa Survive hit their mark…again. While the album may not as be as experimental as previous works, it doesn’t mean its not as strong. Although I may get some flack for this, my current favorite, other than the single “Get Out”, is the less adventurous “I Felt Free”. This song does nothing out of the ordinary, in fact, its probably the simplest song on the entire album. It is a great showcase of Green’s voice, backed with a hypnotizing melody. Nothing overly flashy, everything is straightforward and to the point, music and instruments alike. A beautiful song.
2. “Eyes: Closed” – The Contortionist
The Contortionist is an experimental deathcore band that just signed with Good Fight music.They are currently in the studio recording their debut album Exoplanet, which is expected to drop this summer. I am beyond excited for this album, and upon hearing the news immediately jumped into iTunes and started playing their older tracks. “Eyes: Closed” is the standout track from their most recently self-released EP Apparition. I can promise you its nothing like anything you’ve ever heard before. Mixing elements of deathcore, post-rock and death metal, The Contortionist is able to create some of the most powerful music I have ever experienced. “Eyes: Closed” is a roller coaster of emotions, a hamburger of heavy with a post-rock spectral inspired interlude. This is some of the heaviest, most beautiful music you will ever hear, although it is not quite complete without the following :50second long track “Eyes: Open”. There is definitely beauty in this chaos.
3. “With These Hands” – Across Five Aprils
Across Five Aprils‘ 2006 release Collapse is perhaps one of my favorite albums of all time. I cannot for the life of me explain why, but that album in my ears sounds like a masterpiece. “With These Hands” is one of my favorite from the record because of the closing verse. Starting at the 3:30 mark an combination brilliant vocal melodies and instrumentals make for an epic buildup and conclusion you can’t escape. Although the instruments are doing nothing fancy, they are doing everything right; creating a perfect tone and atmosphere for the overlay of alternating vocals. This piece will pull at you and inevitably invoke some emotion. One of my favorite songs from my favorite albums.