Mare "Mare" 12"
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The only thing this band ever released, and what a goddamn shame that is. The band's demo found its way to Hydrahead HQ in 2005, whereupon it was promptly re-released in this EP form. Mare makes their way through five provocative tracks, oscillating between taut, razor-sharp guitar twang and elephantine bass and drums, stirringly moving between choked howls and lonely melancholic cries. The EP brims with a real sense of development, texture and drama. On "They Sent You" in particular, Semrick-Palmateer creates tension as the piece opens with an almost madrigal feeling, its slowly ascending progression finally giving way to a crunching circular riff and a blistering distorted refrain. The occasional chamber construction, the odd insertion of jazz-like strumming and pulse, the frequent moments of introspection (often in the form of sumptuous vocal multitracking) that bring respite from the purposeful din; all these things make Mare compelling.