by Cameron Bryn – Staff Writer
Rating: 3 Stars
Seluah is a band from Louisville, KY consisting of Andrew Killmeier and Matt Johnson on guitar, Drew Peace on bass and Edward Grimes on drums and vocals. They have opened for TV on the Radio in fall 2011 and released their album Red Parole in April of 2012.
Upon starting the album, Red Parole, the listener can sense they are about to be carried away on a musical journey. The slow tempo, drawn out vocals, and trance- inducing sound is like drifting away on an acidic raincloud. I was not very impressed by the lyrics; they are essential, but don’t really stand out. I liked the fact that the vocals take a step back and allow the prominent instrumentals to consume the listener.
I was most impressed by the drums. I applaud Grime’s use of cymbals. The splashes of sound add the perfect touch to the rhythm. The drum solo in “Other Side of the Gun” was my favorite transition in the album.
In the longest track, “Black Sand,” the song transitions into a solo that really exemplifies how a guitar can sing. The bass line in “Sail Straight into the Bombs” literally gave me the feeling of being tossed by the sea with waves crashing against my vessel.Mellow and epic, this is the sort of album that leaves you gazing at your shoes, pondering the universe.
“Hell and Back” is the only song I could see myself being able to dance to. The sound throughout is heady and full, and left me staring into the inside of my skull. The album ends with a sudden stop, jolting you unexpectedly back to reality. The silence after the cut off was almost startling after being lost in the sound for so long.
I give this album three stars. It’s not an album I would be able to listen to constantly on repeat, but it’s definitely an album worth hearing. Dreamy and beautiful, I recommend it for a time when you’re trying to escape into your mind.