36? where do we go from here? CD Review

There is a very intricate and dense tack taken during Soul Searching by the Calgary alt-rock band 36?. The track has a tremendous vocal harmony that is further highlighted through the turbulent and tempestuous arrangement. The act is able to further establish their own unique styling with Beauty/Strong, a trip-hop inspired track in the vein of Massive Attack or early-oughts Bjork. There is a warmth to this composition that keeps listeners on the edges of their seats; the instrumentation here is stellar and tells a narrative before Taylor’s vocals begin.

 

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The Man At The Door is tremendously emotive and draws from the emotive rock tradition. The richness of the production allows 36? to hang with Say Anything? and Taking Back Sunday. A driven set of drums emphatically punctuate the track before the bottom drops out; 36? are able to change the tempo of this effort on a dime and succeeds in keeping where do we go from here?’s momentum high.

are you scared yet? is a fun effort that links together Franz Ferdinand with Weezer while furthering the same spontaneity that is present through this album; each element (vocals, drums, guitar) are given ample time to shine even as the elements create a cohesive and coherent composition.  the love is in your head is stylistically distinct from the other efforts on where do we go from here?; hints of seventies and eighties rock (Eagles, ZZ Top, “Joe’s Garage”-era Zappa) make for a grandiose and gritty effort that will stick with listeners long after the album has ceased.

where do we go from here? is available from 36? Bandcamp for $10 Canadian; make sure to visit their Facebook for more information about live show dates and further news.

Top Tracks: are you scared yet?, the love is in your head

Rating: 8.7/10

36? where do we go from here? / 2014 Self / 17 Tracks / http://yourfavoriteband.bandcamp.com/album/where-do-we-go-from-here / https://www.facebook.com/yourfavoritebandever

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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