This one's good in small doses only, and mainly for "The Wait". TBF, four consecutive mixes of the same track would grow tedious even they were all consistently excellent, which they're not. 2.5/5
Favorite track: The Wait.
This track shows just how good these guys are.. just when you thought no vocals was the best they could sound, they do this. amazing work every time.
Favorite track: The Cliff (Vocal Version).
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"The Cliff” is a new “vocal driven” 12” /EP release from Chicago's esteemed instrumental quartet Pelican. The 12” vinyl is fresh reimaginings of 'The Cliff', a highlight from their most recent album, 2013's Forever Becoming, and one recently completed new song. The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band’s fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley’s seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on “The Cliff” as the members behind the music, a claim those who have listened to Epley’s contribution on “Final Breath” from 2009’s What We All Come To Need will attest to. Elsewhere on the record, Justin Broadrick and AH/BCM turn in fresh takes of the source material, feeling less like remixes than new compositions reworked from the original source. Rounding out the set is the previously unreleased song “The Wait”, a contemplative semi-acoustic simmer that builds to an explosion of cathartic distortion and melody in true Pelican fashion.
Includes unlimited streaming of The Cliff EP
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Not sure if JKB has called it a day with the Jesu project - nothing recently, which is a shame as it's gems like this that made it so special. All great tracks as usual, though I do seem to have the alt version of Veiled on repeat more than regularly. stevedt
Seeing Pelican's beginnings is certainly interesting. Heavy and sludgy, which would then carry into their first LP "Australasia" until they'd develop their sound more with the following "The Fire in Our Throats..." Fans of the band, and such heavy music in general, should check this out. Especially when it has the classic Mammoth. One of the band's first songs, but still reigns up there as one of their best. DoujinShinji