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|4.5 superb||cryptside | August 18th 14|
Collapse is beautiful; its ethereal and dream-like quality naturally draws the listener in. The beautiful falsetto of vocalist Wes Blaylock and the tasteful use of keys punctuated by the the percussive talents of Wes Saunders allows Deas Vail to stand out among the glut of indie rock bands currently in existence. The soothing beginning to "Follow Sound" sounds otherworldly with its use of synthesizers and a simple clean guitar line complementing Blaylock's best vocal performance of the album. This band is unabashedly a Christian band in its message, but the lyrics are vague enough (and good enough) to be taken in a more personal manner. "Light As Air" demonstrates the band's songwriting capability perfectly; propulsive drumming meshes perfect with catchy melodies and memorable lyrics. The skeletons of all six songs present here would end up being used for their first LP All The Houses Look The Same, but what is presented here is the perfect time capsule for Deas Vail. Indie rock does not get more authentic than this, and the passion exuded here has not been replicated in the genre since for me. Highly recommended for listeners who want to feel something.
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