Empty Flowers’ “Six” Is Diverse, Satisfying

Posted on December 13, 2012 by

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Copy5-BriannaReinstadtler-Pitchfork-2012With a name like “The Empty Flowers,” music lovers might immediately come to some hasty conclusions.  Unlike their name, however, The Empty Flowers are anything but empty.

The first song, “Resonate,” on their album released on 25 September sets the tone for all of the rocking that follows in this album. It is no surprise that this Connecticut post-rock quartet already has its sound completely uniform, since it features two current members of the 1994 band, Cable.

Both Bernie Romanowski (guitar) and Randy Larsen (bass and vocals) have obligations to Cable as well as The Empty Flowers. Although “Resonate” has no lyrics to it beyond the obscene faded curse word belted at the end, this track offers a foresight into what the rest of the record will be: a perfected balance of a post-core sound joined with a melodic synthetic rhythm.

The second track, “Call a Priest,” slows down the tempo but maintains the hypnotic beat and adds in frontman Christian McKenna’s haunting vocals that some might compare to the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan or Lungfish’s Dan Higgs, who has just as much of an impressive beard as McKenna.

“Six,” the third track as well as the title of the album, sums up a story of a woman who has “one path left” and how she redeems herself by choosing this path and running off with five of her children. This captivating tale is interrupted by raspy cries of “I know you’re out there somewhere.” “Six” also begins a new pattern for the rest of the album, which does not feature as techy of a beat.

The second song without electronic sounding is the fourth track, “Just Being Pushed,” which was featured on the Google Play Store’s Antenna Sampler for up and coming artists. “Ice on Wings,” featuring Rebecca Mitchell, has a chilly vibe that continues into the sixth track, “Satellite Rust,” as well as the seventh and final track, “Police.”

Fans could not have expected a better debut album from The Empty Flowers. Six is a prime example of a coup de grace in album form.

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