The Hype: It took about four years, but LA's epic, instrumental post-rock tribe Red Sparowes (not a typo) unleashed their newest, emotionally charged third album The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer on Sargent House Records today. It comes just in time for their North American headlining tour.
while plenty of critics have noted it as a slight stylistic departure for
the band, we're glad to see that they haven't lost their penchant for
deep album titles.
The Judgment: They may have dropped the flowery song titles and deflated some of their lofty, ambient aesthetic, but they've actually started to distinguish where one song ends and a new one begins. Drowned in waves of subtle, swirling guitar effects and rumbling rhythms, the band–featuring Bryant Clifford Meyer of Isis–delivers some pronounced sonic moments to add focus to their bombastic crescendos over the album's eight songs.
Yet overall, the band's intentions appear to be inspired less by some big-screen war montage, but rather by a more personal take on songwriting from Meyer and guitarists Andy Arahood (formerly of Angel Hair) and Emma Ruth Rundle (of the Nocturnes). Together, they drive the spiritual mood and melody of the album. All the while, the band's use of lap steel guitar provides some smatterings of Americana flavor in between spacey arrangements on “A Swarm.”