The Forms

The Forms

Any regular surveyor of Stereogum should be familiar with New York indie rockers The Forms. I somehow managed to miss the initial buzz for 2003’s Icarus myself, but after hearing about them a few months ago I’ve become totally hooked. What’s even better is that I’ve recently enjoyed some sweet instant gratification from The Forms camp, as they are finally prepared to release their self-titled sophomore album next month.

It’s been over four and a half years since the Forms unveiled their Steve Albini-produced debut and to say fans have been anticipating this release is an understatement. They chalk up the delay to “various hardships”, but they also wanted to be sure they created something that was better than their first album. Considering how good Icarus is, that’s not an easy feat… yet, the more I listen to the new record, the more I think they may have done it.

Their sophomore effort brings back many of the same elements that made their debut so fantastic: shifting, odd time signatures and an overall rhythmic complexity, catchy, devastating melodies, Steve Albini’s production, killer guitar tones, and a lot of raw power and emotion. However, the Forms don’t simply rehash the strengths of Icarus, but instead manage to successfully rework those elements into an album that feels completely different. The Forms is a relentless, soaring, ethereal opus… something like an aural-version of floating weightless in a cloudless sky at dusk. Except more rockin’. And though it’s an album that really should be heard in it’s entirety (as was their first), I’d recommend checking out these tracks just to get a taste.

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Download: The Forms – Knowledge in Hand

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Download: The Forms – Bones
Buy: The Forms comes out on October 23rd, so keep an eye on the Threespheres Store.

Drugs to the Dear Youth (And We’re Back…)

Somehow it’s been three weeks since my last post. It seems like every couple months my time just gets eaten up by something. Well, I’m back… and I plan to get into a groove before I start my Fall classes and just ride that groove until finals. Let’s start with something that’ll kick my brain into gear:

Tera Melos - Drugs to the Dear Youth

Tera Melos, one of my favorite bands right now, put out their Drugs to the Dear Youth EP earlier this year in an extremely limited vinyl release. They encouraged fans who bought the vinyl to rip and upload the EP to any and all P2P networks so that other fans could get their fix when the vinyl sold out. And upload they did… however, the rips were all of fairly terrible quality (trust me, I heard a couple of ’em). This unfortunate fact has, in part, driven Tera Melos to re-release this fine piece of music on Springman Records in CD form.

Not exactly a light listen, Drugs to the Dear Youth is arguably the most challenging record I’ve heard all year (not to mention one of the best-titled). Prior to this release, Tera Melos had once been referred to as a mixture between Ornette Coleman and Converge; yet, Drugs seems to fit that basic mold even more so than their untitled debut album, as it finds Tera Melos approaching their ferocious, electronica-tinged, instrumental blend of post-hardcore, metalcore, math rock, and post-rock from a perspective that resembles free jazz more than anything else.

The resulting EP is chock-full of beautiful noise, mind-boggling complexities, and some captivating melodies. Though certainly brutal, and at times schizophrenic, Drugs to the Dear Youth has been one of just a handful of albums released this year that have been especially difficult to set aside. So, for those who missed out on the vinyl release, I’d recommend you pick this up now.

Listen:

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Download: Tera Melos – The Werewolf and Ben
Buy: Order Drugs to the Dear Youth over at the Tera Melos Merchsquad Store.

Those who dig this should check out the new track, “When Worms Learn to Fly”, from their upcoming split with By the End of Tonight on the Tera Melos myspace page. Are those vocals!?

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