Friday, June 08, 2012

Album Review: Frightened

Title:  Frightened (BandCamp, Amazon)
Artist:  Easter Island (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, BandCamp, Last.fm)

Hailing from Athens, GA, Easter Island plays fuzzy, dreamy, shoegazer-y pop along the lines of My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain, minus the loud guitars.  On their website the band describes their music as –
… panoramic, post-rock inspired dream pop.  Behind the wall of towering drums, glassy guitars, and the forceful tide of synthesizers, hide soft-spoken melodies, tender harmonies, and understated musings on the subtle, yet visceral moments in life.
That’s actually a pretty good description of what you’ll hear on Frightened.  The songs are layered yet subtle, with a lot going on in the music but played in a way that is never loud or abrasive.  In fact Frightened is almost a quiet record, at least that is the vibe that I picked up; and by quiet I mean in that spacey, dreamy way that Chapterhouse’s must felt quiet even during their faster songs. 

Overall Frightened is an ambitious record that uses effects and walls of sound without making them deafening or feedback laced.  Standout moments include “Gray Tea,” “Ginger,” and “Hash.”  

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