Meandergreen is a band from from Windsor, Ontario that released a three-song EP entitled .I sing myself to you. The three songs felt like sketches and ideas which could have been expanded upon and perhaps they will be. Take for instance the opener “Dog Hat Poetry” which revolves around variations of pretty cool guitar riff and that's about it. Sure the drums drop out and come back in but the dynamics hardly change and the guitar riffs did feel interchangeable. For some reason I felt the song could have been a ten-minute epic.
“For You” starts off with some excitement that sounds similar to the riff in the first song. Before the one-minute mark the song slows down and begins to crawl but not in a bad way. The music barely moves and a spoken word piece comes into the mic but I couldn't make out the lyrics very well. As the song progresses the energy ever so slightly picks up a little bit but then just kind of ends in a lethargic fashion.
“Hopefully (January Leaves)” starts a few dbs softer then the remaining song. It’s a fairly basic riff repeated with some type of organ. There is almost no movement at all until about a minute and thirty seconds. Once they get there it ends up being the most exciting moments of the EP. There are some dynamic changes that come fairly fast. The band however holds onto a riff and eventually the drums drop and it ends.
One of my favorite instrumental bands is Tortoise. One of the reasons besides their amazing technical ability is their ability to unleash. That's one thing I would definitely like to hear from this band. They have a bit of math rock hypnotic thing going on which was great but I would like to hear them get into experimental territory and not be afraid to go a little crazy free jazz style at points.
The band has some good ideas and actually do have a foundation here. I’m interested in where they can go and if they can take it to the next level.
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