Thursday, July 29, 2010
[flamethrowermagazine.com] Deaf Scene is a three-piece, instrumental prog/post rock band based out of Baltimore who just recently released a self-titled 5-song EP which I got a chance to hear.
The opening track “Where Only We Exist” explores off-kilter rhythms and curious time signatures while featuring a haunting, wafting guitar sound reminiscent of Billy Howerdel’s guitar work in A Perfect Circle. It eventually morphs into a euphoric melody and builds into an aggressive pummeling before fading out into a warm rain.
The two-track musical exploration “History of Clouds” (Part A and Part B) features a guitar sound that soars like skyrockets making patterns in the sky, while distorted bass notes grind and churn along under the surface. The guitar melody travels across the vast expanses of the universe and back again within a single measure.
“Glass Creature” rides waves of reverb over jagged mountains and valleys of bass and percussion, and “Godzilla Skin” is built around chords that tremble and fade off into the distance like half-forgotten memories and notes that drip off the canvas like warm paint.
The whole 5 song EP is cohesive enough that it could be interpreted as one piece of music; the songs are somewhat different variations of the same sound and melt together in a way that makes it hard to tell where one begins and one ends. As the songs evolve they add subtle variations and build off of themselves without ever becoming repetitive.
Deaf Scene is a band with a very distinct and expressive sound, yet is still willing to explore the dark corners of their own sound without venturing too far away from the light.
If they do decide to eventually add the right vocalist it could push their sound over the top, but if not they certainly have a sophisticated enough sound and plenty of ripe musical territory left to explore on their own. Either way, I look forward to hearing more from Deaf Scene in the future.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 9:07 PM