|The opening song of Confetti Reprise is called “Pot Luck,” and that’s a good way to describe the music of A Lull and the band’s latest EP.|
These four unreleased tracks were recorded during the sessions that led to Confetti, the band’s debut album that was released this April. They’re varied, mish-mashed, carefully combined and arranged into an aural pot luck that’s rich, harmonic and visceral.
The EP is both mirthful and mysterious, filled with industrial clangs and solemn moments of reflection. Each track has a wide range of accompanying atmospheric noises that, when layered, result in a resonant effect that carries you blissfully from sound to sound and track to track.
“Pot Luck” is bouncy and melodic, while the title track has a driving beat and a refreshingly patient climb to a short-lived climax. “Exit Wounds” is a journey, an event that declares “We’re all here” throughout and features a beautiful mix of symphonic and electronic instrumentation. “The Pit” is an appropriately odd end to the EP, becoming a rallying cry of noises that compete for the listener’s attention.
For obvious reasons, this EP is better when listened to at loud volumes, as multi-layered melodies and subtle sounds simply don’t come across as clearly when they’re barely audible. And, of course, the EP leaves you wanting more. More ambience, more bizarre melodies, more moments of musical transcendence.
So set aside 17 minutes, crank up Confetti Reprise, and have a delightfully delicious auditory experience.- Stereo Subversion