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The Forms – Get on Board Before They Leave Without You

The short review… Go buy this album before they go big and you can’t get any credit for the discovery. This album is good – and as these guys really start refining their style – the next  one is only going to be better.

The Forms Album Image  – Check out “The Forms” on MySpace –

Stand-out tracks: 

1. “Bones” – Fantastic Tune!! Can’t say enough about it. Best track on the album and I never get tired of it.
2. “Oberlin” – Has top 40 written all over it.
3. “Transmission” – an excellent example of The Forms’ talent for overlaying and mixing harmonies and textural elements to create a wave that just carries you along. The best part is, you never stop to think about where you’re going, you just enjoy the ride.

The longer form… Are you bored with the typical 4/4 time signature? Do you like the simple elegance and general vibe of Coldplay but wish Chris Martin had more balls? Do you enjoy complex rhythmic harmonies that take you on an almost rapturous journey? Then you need to check out “The Forms.”

Woven vocal melodies, synthesized atmospherics, driving piano and the occasional dirty guitar all punched with an almost tantric rhythm section, The Forms craft a unique and surprisingly purposeful sound.

I’ve been killing myself trying to come up with a creative way to describe this very atmospheric yet decidedly indie-rock based sound and the best I can come up with is – it almost feels like a 30 minute ride on a huge velvet tapestry. (An admittedly hokie description perhaps – but also true.) The Forms sound is warm and inviting; truly comfortable and oddly transportive.

My only cautionary words about this album would be – slightly repetitive. While The Forms are definitely doing interesting things with rhythm, and even more with vocals and harmony, some of their same techniques appear again and again from track to track. This leads to a similarity that might even cause you to periodically ask yourself, “haven’t I heard this song before? …No.” You’ll quickly reply to yourself and continue enjoying the music.

It’s certainly not bad enough for me to recommend against the album – more a cautionary word for the band. These guys are quite talented and have a significant future in front of them – in fact, I’m surprised they haven’t already gained significant main-stream success.

Go get the album and get in on the ground floor before these guys hit the big time and you’re just another wanna-be trying to get on the band wagon! 

 

May 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment


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