Sometimes I wish that I could write one-word reviews. As rare as it may be, some bands are so much easier explained by one word than by hundreds. Ember Days is one of those bands - the sound is so unique that the greatest diatribe would be spent explaining why Ember Days is so amazingly hypnotic. Yes, hypnotic. The sparse, haunting music that this quartet churns out is simply trance-inducing. Ember Days is made up of a vocalist, a guitarist, a drummer, and a combination bassist/synth-master/pianist. Each part of this band is unique: the vocalist wails in a high, trembling voice that reverberates in your head long after the songs end; the guitarist hardly ever plays a chord, preferring atmospheric sounds and single note melodies; the bassist/keys player drives these compositions with a humble yet strong melodic backdrop; the drummer controls the level of intensity these songs reach. Nothing is overt in this band - everything grows and falls slowly. This is soft, melodic, unpretentious music that will change your life.
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