Review Summary: A well-crafted addition to the realm of Neo-folk
Meus’ second outing by Sputnik’s very own ButteryBiscuitBass is a continuation of his instrumental neo-folk/acoustic sound found on his debut EP, Downpour. While the overall style is consistent with his previous release, the songwriting and technicality found on September is greatly improved. Consisting of only a beautiful sounding steel string acoustic guitar, and sparse yet effectively used synth elements, Meus covers an array of emotions and dynamic shifts throughout this 24 minute retreat into tranquillity.
The rustling sound of wind and ambience slowly swells into the intro track of September. Composed by fellow Sputniker, Michael Snoxall, "Against the Dying of the Light" sets the stage for this 7 track EP with a calming breeze, building into the opening notes of the mournful "Delial". Weaving throughout delicately plucked melodies and the subtle builds of an accompanying synth, feelings of a wistful longing are evoked as the lonely guitars guide the listener down a path into the unknown. Soon enough, the sparkling harmonies of "The Witching Hour" bring September to life. A definite album highlight, the melodies dance through excellent song writing into a joyous celebration of music. Throughout the second half of the album the technical picking of the title track, the serenity of "The Demon Star", and the solemnity of "Moon Forest" pull you into their own individual, but brief, worlds and contain enough variety to hold on tight to your attention. Wrapping up the album with September’s most ambitious track, "Icarus" follows the tale of its namesake with an uplifting progression into an almost discordant downfall before ending in a peaceful fade.
As intended, September contains a voyage of emotions that are well intertwined through its balanced structures and melodies. Never do any parts or tracks overstay their welcome, and the dynamic shifts created with only an acoustic guitar are certainly a noteworthy feat.