Eidola
To Speak, To Listen


3.5
great

Review

by Claire Q. STAFF
June 5th, 2017 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On the merits of many.

Confession: I’m a sucker for specific niches of post-hardcore, mostly because of that shimmery guitar tone which comes off as iridescent in my mind’s eye.

On To Speak, To Listen, Eidola definitely get down the key characteristics of the style that they play: the unpredictable drum patterns, the alternation of clean and harsh vocals, the simultaneous expression of pain and beauty. But wait. The familiarity of this model. That means I’ve heard these things before, haven’t I" Past reincarnations of this particular post-hardcore style, long lineages that can trace their origins to a certain long-necked bird. Oh well - similarities are no big matter, in the end, if things are done well here. I’m just hoping to add to my collection of bleeding hearts.

So I go into the first track, “The Abstract of a Planet in Resolve”, with a general idea of what I should expect. I’m rewarded with an initial burst of harsh vocals that quickly switches into soothing, dream-like harmonies. The drive of the song is no-nonsense, and upon reading the lyrics, I’m convinced that this musical call for a better world is sufficiently colourful enough to not be overrun by the wheels of repetition. “Tetelestai” gets more personal with its themes; its rapidly-firing instruments and fluid, shifting structure make it reasonably exciting, and once I encounter the fury of “Primitive Economics”, I’m slightly disappointed at its overall lack of ambient reprieve. The one taste that I get makes me crave it even more. “Querents” tells me to stop worrying; it promises to deliver with its light-footed introductory waltz, but it clings onto its requisite peak for a little too long.

When I get to “Amplissimus Machina”, I’m wondering if I have heard this song before. It doesn’t really break into any ground that hasn’t been already covered by previous tracks. It’s only at the stop-start pattern at the end that it takes on its own proper identity. Hands clasped, I patiently await whatever surprise may come next. And lo and behold, there comes the tranquil “Loti”, which uses a climactic chorus accentuating a gorgeous guitar motif that seems as if it hangs around in blue skies. I appreciate that Eidola hasn’t given me a heart attack by inserting something overly tumultuous afterwards; indeed, “Dendrochronology” practically floats on a bed of resonating chords, and its aquatic feel pulls me into an underwater trance for the better part of two minutes. “The Familiar” opens my eyes with its curious hard-rock tinge; might I actually be feeling a little guilty for thinking that I was missing out on originality" The funky, dub-style bassline of “Houses Movement III: Rust/Rebuild” suggests that my guilt isn’t unjustified; this song is straight-up spicy, and it’s a stylistic breath of fresh air.

The conspicuous spiritual inclination of “Sri Vishnu Yantra” and the “Transcendentium” two-parter affirms the direction that To Speak, To Listen takes. “Dendrochronology” had name-dropped Siddhartha, a.k.a. the Buddha, but being inept at following lyrics I confess that I didn’t become aware of this underlying theme until now. “Sri Vishnu Yantra” and “Transcendentium: Part I: Zoroastrian” are suitably meditative, the former even featuring a spoken-word section that mercifully fits coherently into the song. However, with sadness, I must report that “Transcendentium Part II: Fourth Temple” is the odd one out of the trio. It’s unusually uniform and missing the emotional resolution that a closing piece should give. And, what’s worse, I have to charge it with the crime of being generic.

To Speak, To Listen is close to breaking out of the mold. Even within the established framework, there are many moments of ambient beauty that make it worthwhile. Nestlings must learn to fly on their own, and I think Eidola will be able to find their way to the skies.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
verdant
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2017


2397 Comments


lovely words

tellah
June 5th 2017


827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i personally LOVE the closer, but this review is very well written. have a pos

clavier
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2017


847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thank you, I think I just happen to lean towards the "prettier tracks"; Eidola do those pretty damn well

Digging: Feed Me Jack - Ultra Ego

tellah
June 5th 2017


827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

of course, Dendrochronology and Loti are both gorgeous.

xLiamStrongx
June 5th 2017


42 Comments


Great review for a great band.

Kalopsia
June 5th 2017


3125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

need to get this, i enjoyed their past two albums

Digging: Highly Suspect - Mister Asylum

Piripichotes
June 5th 2017


486 Comments


I'm waiting for Cygnatti to bash this... And then of course the 1's will start raining bc Cygnatti the almighty said so.

Danred97
June 5th 2017


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

A great step up from their last one. Yeah, this album is exactly what I like in my phc. It's admittedly a little DGD worship (makes since considering what label they're on), but I actually think it has a ton of unique personality, especially the second half.

Gnodab
June 5th 2017


106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The clean vocals ruin this for me

Cygnatti
June 5th 2017


32761 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

funniest album i've heard all year. it's like if scene kids wanted to make more "legit" or intelligent music.

but when it's not funny, it's just super boring tho :[

TheSpaceMan
June 5th 2017


11877 Comments


who are you to say? :o

Cygnatti
June 5th 2017


32761 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i'm getting high school flashbacks from this, not a good sign~

tellah
June 5th 2017


827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aggressive 1.0

Piripichotes
June 6th 2017


486 Comments


man Cygnatti you're so predictable bruv.

Cygnatti
June 6th 2017


32761 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I wasn't gon say nothing but I didn't want to make u a liar, bud. ;]

Piripichotes
June 6th 2017


486 Comments


LOL

To be completely honest I would've been let down HARD.
I'm glad you had my back!

Nomos
June 7th 2017


1737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It bugs me to no end that he mis-pronounces Siddhartha.



Great melodies though. Wish the songs had some more variety, but overall very neat.

ajcollins15
June 10th 2017


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album to me is way better than there first record! It's well done but nothing to original about it. Just another band that will hop on anything that DGD does! Still love the ideas that they do bring to the table! Kind of combining what DGD does with the contortionist ambient sound and hail the sun sort of flow! Great work for the band

GreyShadow
June 11th 2017


2937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tetelestai and Zoroastrian are insanely good. The back half of this album and the singles are really doing it for me

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Nomos
June 11th 2017


1737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I will agree that this is leaps and bounds better than their first album, which I found almost unbearable.



So on the fence with this one. I listened again after smoking last night and suddenly a lot of the melodies and details clicked with me that didn't when I was sober. Weird.



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