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… And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead:: Festival Thyme EP (Album Review)

Trail of Dead’s last album, 2006’s So Divided, proved an existential equipoise of blind ambition and pure frustration, documenting the art-rock outfit splitting at its seams. Having since parted ways with Interscope and formed its own label, Richter Scale, a subsidiary of Houston’s Justice Records, TOD rings chimes of freedom throughout Festival Thyme, a digitally released preface to the band’s sixth LP, due in January. Opener “Bells of Creation (Machete Mix)” slowly builds from a single piano note to a cathartic wall of sound, a newfound streak of optimism underscoring Conrad Keely’s lyricism. The celebratory spirit carries over to the title track, a jovial romp of baroque pop, and the more ornate “Inland Sea,” balancing progressive movements and post-rock guitar. “The Betrayal of Roger Casement & the Irish Brigade” sounds like a modern instrumental interpretation of Renaissance’s Turn of the Cards.
(by: Austin Powell)