Last time I wrote a review for an EP (Hannibal Montana’s “28-20” EP) I felt like I had a sufficient amount to say about it to warrant an article wholly focusing on it. While randomly picking some albums to review for the future, I found an EP that didn’t evoke as much from me as others would. So I started focusing on EPs until I found another one, so now we have the Foofer Twofer. This way I can give these EPs the attention they deserve, and you still get just as much content. Win-win, right?
First up is After Osmosis, a trio from Albuquerque, New Mexico. This piece of completely downtrodden post-rock is exactly what I look for in post-rock. Post-rock tends to be pretty depressing, or overly twinkly and crescendo-laden. After Osmosis is not depressing in any way, because it’s somewhat melodic. However, the heavy effects and slow pace give it a very moody feeling overall. It may be a debut EP, but the way it’s meticulously polished tells me these guys are already professionals. When it comes to trios, people have a bad habit of saying “These guys sound like a band of [insert number greater than 3] blah blah blah” but these guys don’t. They sound like a very talented trio.
I think what helps them sound so big is their massive love for effect pedals. Every track has unique sounds without sounding spacey, and the ambient bits between tracks really prove how skilled they are with their toys. You geeks had better get into these guys.
Overall, this EP is truly special and you should really set some time aside to appreciate it. Like I said in my bandcamp review “They love their music as much as their effect pedals, and both of these passions shine through in this brilliant EP.”
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Secondly, we have INÆRIS, a duo from Bozeman, Montana. They’ve somehow managed to incorporate black metal, shoegaze/indie, and post-rock into their sound without sounding completely disorganized or incoherent. The guitar and bass are both very well done, and the singing is good, even if the lyrics are a bit… dramatic. Every song feels like its own, and nothing really feels out of place, other than the drums. See, they don’t have a drummer, and you can feel how the music suffers because of it. I mean, it’s programmed well, but it would sound so much better if it were real.This band has a near infinite amount of potential. They have the vocals, bass, guitars, sound, everything down pat. Everything about this EP just screams newbie, but that’s okay, because they are newbies. If they still sounded like newbies later on, I’d have a problem with it. It’s still really well done for what they have available to them. But the day when they become a trio is the day when they can really flesh out their talents and become something so much more impressive than they already are.
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Go ahead and listen to both and tell me what you thought on twitter @Foofsies or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week: The Echelon Effect – Pacific