Before I say anything, let me give full disclosure - the Edmund Wayne EP might just be my new favorite CD. I've listened to the album on repeat now for a few hours and it's reached a point where everyone who enters the room is telling me to put in headphones. I'm a sucker for alternative folk rock, but it has become a cookie cutter genre. I always feel like I know what's next, which is disappointing for a music fan. I want to be surprised. I want to feel something new.
The very first track, "To The Bugs On My Ceiling," practically punched me in the jaw, and for that I am thankful. Vocalist Curst Krause manages to elicit the mood and stylings of Andrew Bird with the magnitude of Radiohead, creating something that honestly feels bigger than itself. There's light, poppy drums and a driving, thumping bass (which unfortunately my laptop speakers couldn't pick up, by my headphones can) mixed with Krause's stellar vocals for an overall overwhelming experience.
The EP features fellow Seattle musicians River Giant on three of the five songs, which brings a nice balance of full instrumentation with a more mellow sound. "Good Returns," which begins with a few cymbals taps and the light strum of a guitar before Krause comes in the distance, erupts against pounding drums and a powerful violin, growing and falling in atmosphere and mood. The entire album sets a mood, though it grows to new heights: it's big and small, round and sharp, and full in every direction with something I didn't hear coming.
But more than anything, I'm left wanting more. Expecting more. And for a CD I've never heard, and a group I have no history with, it's exciting knowing I've found something that won't leave my car stereo for weeks to come. It's truly that good.