|Artist||Cmn Ineed Yr Help
|Album||It Came Without Warning...As Most Disasters Do|
|Release||9 July 2013|
Earlier this year I said I was taking a sabbatical from writing reviews. While I’ve enjoyed my time off, I knew it was time to return when I saw one of my very favorite post-rock band’s, Cmn Ineed Yr Hlp‘s facebook page. I was taken completely by surprise when I saw that the band had only 175 likes. How could this be? These guys are responsible for ‘The Curse of B’zhang‘, a 30 minute adventure chalked full of interesting samples, technically sound guitar work and cleverly hypnotic drumming. This is an album that has not left my ipod since I discovered the band in 2011. I had always assumed that they were just another post-rock band with a large following that I had been late to the party with. Little did I know that this was an album that very well could be one of the biggest undiscovered gems within the post-rock realm. I say that meaning no disrespect to the band, but seeing such a fantastic hard working band with less facebook fans than our Postrockstar page (which goes largely unupdated and is in desperate need of a make over) gave me all the motivation I needed to return to writing reviews.
Which leads us to ‘It Came Without Warning…as Most Disasters Do“, the band’s latest effort released just last week. In many ways it feels like the band picked up right where they left off with their 2010 effort. Yet the two albums are so vastly different that it would be unfair to draw direct comparisions between the two. Of course there are some very similar parallels that make up the groundwork of both albums that cannot be ignored. Both albums are under 30 minutes long and consist of five tracks. Both albums make remarkably effective use of samples and consistently lean on underlying protagonistic bass work as a staple to their sound.
The album opens with “175 Feet is a Lot of Water (Especially When You’re Under It)“, a song that leads us in with an eerie cocktail of samples and watery doom. Playful guitarwork taunts the listener for the first couple of minutes while the bass and drums are of a more math-rock variety. Static-laden guitarwork spearheads it’s way forward and the album never looks back once from that point forward. This is the Cmn Ineed Yr Hlp that I know and love and everything begans to fall in place. “Without a Sail in View” changes the mood with a heavy dose of mathy guitar in the center spotlight playing just an outright fun little number. A quick solo at the end of the track serves as a comedown from letting one’s mind wander throughout the four and a half minute track.
A smooth transition into “The Prognostication is Murder” allows for an effortlessly transition through the middleground of the album. One thing about this album, and “Curse..” to an extent is how at times the guitar work can be appear to be so understated and lackadaisical and in stark contrast to the well timed aggressive and energetic drumming, yet the two just blend together so damn perfectly. “The Face of Disaster” is my personal favorite track is where the band really starts to open up and take their creative process to a new level. Multi-layered guitar work serves as the underling to a plethora of bleak samples telling the story of an unforseen disaster. “Cold, Airless, Forbidding” is the albums high energy closer. The calm sounds of water crashing onto a beach can be heard deeply within the mix. An unsettling distorted bluesy tune is the last thing the band leaves us with as the album fades out.
According to the band, the album “tells the tale of a gentle sea monster trapped and kept against his will for the amusement and profits of his oceanfront captors. Our protagonist becomes frustrated with his predicament and sets forth on a plan to escape, regardless of the cost in human life.” I’m such a sucker for conceptual albums that listening to album knowing the plot only entices me to press play more times.
The biggest flaw I have with “It Came Without Warning…As Most Disasters Do” is that it’s just far too short. That’s probably a selfish gripe but it’s one I’m willing to make. That’s all I’ve got, everything else exceeds expectations and I couldn’t be happier that this albums flows brilliantly when played back to back with the group’s 2010 effort.
Cmn Ineed Yr Hlp, a band with a hillarious backstory as to how they came up with such a name, is a band well deserving of your attention. With two top-notch albums under their belt I would like nothing more to see this band this gain a stronger following. On talent and ability, the band stands a top of the genre as far as I’m concerned.