The Floating City: King Bear, Frightened Child (self-released)

Each of the five tracks here bears a myriad of moods with skilled instrumentation and beat fluctuations.

The first pressing of the Floating City’s EP is an elaborate affair, wrapped in red-inked wax paper and opening into a majestic pop-up of the title characters. The band has taken the local music scene by storm in the last year, impressing fans and critics alike with its dark, arsty sound.

Each of the five tracks here bears a myriad of moods with skilled instrumentation and beat fluctuations. “Violent Star” kicks off the disc in a funereal way before exploding in a mass of sounds a lá Sunny Day Real Estate as singer/ songwriter Gareth Schumacher finally proclaims, “You were born with the sun in your eyes.” “I’m Leaving” has an achingly slow beginning before swelling into a melange of sound; Schumacher’s voice rises to a scream to be heard over the din. “Say You’ll Stay” is a gently optimistic track, offering hope amid the despair.

Comparisons to Radiohead’s more somber material can certainly be made, though Schumacher’s voice is far flatter than Thom Yorke’s. Still, his vision is commendable and his lyrics equally poetic.

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