Now we’re talking. The lead single “Cave” from Mess (their forthcoming album is due this fall) has the band nailing the loud-soft-loud dynamic I’ve been dying for recently. Lead singer Allison Gliesman’s voice floats over a shimmering strum before the rumble of drums crash in. The slow-burn intensifies to an explosion of guitars that hit just over the halfway point of the track. The crunching bass line becomes the shifting path that the guitar and Gliesman’s voice are racing towards the finish on in the last verse. It’s a tremendously orchestrated piece of music that simultaneously is polished and raw; the latter of which fits the lyrical tone (Gliesman has said the song is a “snapshot of a toxic relationship”). That dark tension is conveyed beautifully here.



Nathan has contributed to I Heart Local Music since November 2012. He lives in Kansas City, MO.

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