Folk band doesnt disappoint with new EP
Folk music is an oddly undefinable genre.
But a new album from The Act of Estimating as Worthless released Tuesday may just fit the word perfectly.
When people of this generation hear folk, many think Mumford and Sons or Noah and the Whale. Ask your mom and she might respond with Bob Dylan or Neil Young, but when analyzing these artists side by side very few things about them are similar.
Some argue Mumfords sound is more pop-influenced and Bob Dylans music was just a product of the turbulent times of his generation. This is also the beauty of the genre. Its merit is left almost completely up to interpretation.
The Act of Estimating as Worthless, a Brooklyn-based acoustic folk outfit released its first album, Amongst These Splintered Minds, last year to minor critical acclaim.
As far as debut albums go, it was a triumph in instrumentation and atmosphere.
Once listeners pick up their dropped jaws from the outrageously long title of the band, the clear-cut quality shines.
The lyrics were fantastic and spanning, but juxtaposed with languid, sleepy vocals that gave an added emphasis to the eeriness of the tracks. The only negative was the obvious production comparisons to the band Neutral Milk Hotel.
The groups second EP, Circadian Tremors was released Tuesday, and at only six tracks long, the album manages to achieve the same melancholy, emotional depth that its
12-track predecessor did in a more compact and subdued way.
It seems the group is starting to take possession of its own style and sound. The fat has been trimmed, and the six tracks deliver the goods without the filler.
Some standouts include the title track Circadian Tremors, which opens on a quiet and austere note and takes a completely different turn a little more than a minute into the song, as it incorporates soaring horn accompaniment and heartbreaking strings.
Though the groups songs move at their own pace as a principal, the slower tempo doesnt leave the listener impatiently tapping his or her foot; rather it seeps into the ears and
Track 5, Popolopen, is more upbeat and spirited than most on the album. It features sweeping horn movements and a lively tempo This track was fun to listen to, if you can make out what is being said.
But the quality of production seems to have plummeted with the groups second album. Perhaps this was a style choice, but the vocals are garbled and hard to hear as instrumentation is added and the vocal choices seemed more about talking quietly and less about singing. Other than those disappointing observations this EP is a really pleasant follow-up.
A free download of the EP can be found at theactofestimatingasworthless.bandcamp.com.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
More usforacle News Articles
Recent usforacle News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR USFORACLE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST USFORACLE NEWS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Food, Fuel, and Finance ... The 3Fs of Economics
- Top Tips for Timely Performance Driving
- Wellness Program Rewards Healthy New Year's Goals
- New Medical Supplement Offers Advance in Bladder Control
- Get An Edge on College Prep Tests
- Noodles to the Rescue: Make Dinner In a Snap
- Student Athletes Emulate the Pros in Abusing Prescription...
- Specialized Firefighter Training Helps Save Farmers' Lives
- One New Year's Resolution You Don't Have to Keep to Be a...
- Reverse Mortgage Can Help With Retirement Planning
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- College Students Head Back to Campus with Amazon Prime Student
- Phi Kappa Phi 2017 Award Programs Now Open
- MAX FROST RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR INFECTIOUS TRACK "ADDERALL"
- PEPSICO AND 21ST CENTURY FOX ANNOUNCE "THE SEARCH FOR HIDDEN FIGURES"
- The Most Popular Entry-Level Jobs and Companies for College Graduates