Is a Bridge / A Ready Place (CS)
November 11, 2016
“Obody’s latest offering is a slow-burning but hard-hitting force to be reckoned with. At times trudging solemnly through sandy mud and muck, while at others soaring over vast buttes under starlit skies; it is consistently gorgeous and haunting. Though the group is closer to home in the Catskills of New York, a certain air of the Southwest permeates their sound. There is an openness to the compositions and the pristine fidelity of the recording let’s this shine through. The players are patient and let the songs speak for themselves.
Calhoun’s strings writhe and screech through the moodier tracks like spectres wandering the night and pepper in lovely lilting Appalachian accents to the lighter numbers. Vincent’s more ethereal guitar work combined with the cello and violin make for some unsettling soundscapes particularly in ‘your body empties’ and ‘song for a prisoner’. The heavier songs on the record lean into post-rock territory and are elevated by Ploss’s brooding bass lines. Credited as percussionist and composer, Hennies’ meditative and respectful drumming leaves the rest of the band their sonic space without leaving anything out. Vocally, the record is beautiful and really shines on tracks like ‘render fire’ and ‘gods answer’ when the harmonies crop up
This is an album to sit with. On your back porch with a tumbler of rye and half a pack of Winstons. On a drive through foreign states at dusk with gas station coffee in your cup holder and beef jerky on your breath. On a wet log under the dying stars within the warm touch of a bonfire. The songs smolder on, sounding like if that guy from Murder By Death sang over Godspeed! You Black Emperor. Vincent’s plaintive croons feel drawn from the pages of a Cormac Mccarthy novel while the music has a cinematic quality and undeniably western twang to it. A great record for the shifting of seasons and somber reflection.”
-Dillon Kelley, Already Dead Tapes, 2016
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