Saturday, January 24, 2015
Small Leaks Sink Ships  (album) Face Yourself, And Remove Your Sandals
hm. i've had just an absolutely killer (bad) week at work, and so as i let my back try to relax (took a spill on the ice today) i was looking for a mellow sort of album to spin. these guys seemed to fit the bill. i was satisfied to find a fairly unique sounding group. the vocalist feels more like a folk vocalist similar to a lot of the indie folk movement that's going on right now. musically the group plays out more like a post rock sort of thing, but somehow staying close to the folkishness of the vocalist. its an interesting combination to me and i found myself really enjoying it. these are not the kinds of songs that i seek out as favorites to put on to sing to or to get jazzed up by. but i can absolutely see this album being one of those quiet post rock comforts that you go to when you just need to unwind. the only real criticism i have is the solid 35 minutes of really quiet piano-fronted tracks at the end of the album. i was actually very soothed almost into sleep by them.. but they are dangerously close to being boring if not in the right mood. they do wind up the album back at the folky sounds though, which is a nice bookend for the album i think. i frequently find myself bored by math rock or post rock groups (a lot of wannabe's following in the footsteps of some of the big players that got the scene going), but these guys have top notch qualities and absolutely their own sound and vibe.
voodoo says 8/10 on first impression