With A Forest of Polarity,
The first half or so of the album could be seen as a suite. Tracks one through four segue into and complement each other so well that it’s easy to interpret them as one song broken up into movements. “Fiery Atlas (Intro)” provides opening fanfare before “Astray Life” busts out some noodley, gnarly guitar work. That tune in turn transforms into the stuttering yet danceable rhythm of “I Fast Early.” “Raft Easily” introduces vox to the mix, and while the guitar leads are still the more compelling angle, the song’s few lyrics still provide some welcome contrast.
“Raft Easily” ends with a strong pause before “Year as Lift” can begin, but they’re still stylistically of a piece: finger-tappin’ guitar parts, propulsive drums and now we’ve got horns instead of singers. The rest of the album follows suit, tweaking the band’s formula while still delivering the most reliable elements time and again.