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.
Download: The Forms – Knowledge in Hand