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Weaver at the Loom - I Was Searching and I Found

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Weaver at the LoomI Was Searching and I Found
Release Date: June 11, 2007
Record Label: Independent/Catapult

Toxins roam these parts from time to time, so watch yourself/ Because they might just land themselves upon your doorstep


It’s tough to put a finger on the unseen threat that stalks the five tracks of Weaver at the Loom’s debut EP I Was Searching and I Found. It could be conflict, depravity, exploitation, dishonesty, or simply the dangers of everyday life. It’s perhaps more important to focus on the true message of the album, one’s ability to recognize the fleeting nature of life and to truly appreciate it, and let the perils remain nameless.

Given that it was born of a foursome whose average age is around twenty years old, the maturity exuded by I Was Searching and I Found is no small wonder. The subtle grace of the piano, drums, and arcing harmonies that flow through the album belies the band’s relative youth. But this is no amateur act. Opening with driving guitars and a thick backbone of keys, “Buck Up, They’re Coming” quickly retreats to the soft safety of co-lead vocalists Dan Smith and Izaac Burkhart’s warm ruminations. Their voices are at once anxious and steadfast, a sort of tentative strength that resonates and expands in front of the band’s lush instrumental backdrops. Smith begins “You Can’t Escape Them;” with a confession, singing “Call me a coward, it’s so fitting,” and his faint whisper echoes the sentiment. Gradually, carefully, the track builds, bolstered by the jettisoned admissions, and even as Burkhart wishes for lessened difficulties (linking quite deftly to a metaphor of rough seas: “I want my oceans in a spoon/ Something short and shallow/ Something that I can swallow”), his melody resounds across a dense landscape of harmony and triumphal percussion.

It’s this motif of overcoming the trepidation of an obscured future that binds these five songs into a tight vision. The tenor isn’t that of a victory march. It’s a quiet, but significant success, won by one who can’t be sure, but has to try. In “You Can’t Evade Them.,” Smith declares that “Though outside is dark and toxic/ I’ll try not to be afraid.” What is most impressive, conceptually, is that the individual effort is placed within the larger picture of existence, a single moment in a stream of collective time that will continue to, as Burkhart intimates in “But You Can Enjoy Life Before and After,” “Float on in fragile fashion.” In poignant mimicry of the thematic metaphor, each rivulet of song flows into the next, blurring the lines between track breaks into a melodic current of elegant instrumentation and gorgeous atmospheres.

Twenty-year olds aren’t supposed to write music like this. Beautifully delicate songwriting usually comes from more experienced bands, such as Sleeping at Last or The Appleseed Cast, not musical rookies who didn’t play a live show until 2007. But young or not, Weaver at the Loom has made a statement with I Was Searching and I Found. If they’ve begun by tackling personal insecurities within the grand arc of life, where will they go from here? No doubt we’ll find out further down the river.

Give it a try if you like...Sleeping at Last, Mae, Copeland, The Appleseed Cast


Hear it on the internetzOfficial Myspace


Track List1. Buck Up, They're Coming.
2. You Can't Escape Them;
3. You Can't Evade Them.
4. But You Can Enjoy Life Before and After,
5. Without Fear of Their Return.
This review is a user submitted review from Travis Parno. You can see all of Travis Parno's submitted reviews here.
 
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02:07 PM on 09/17/08
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Adrian Villagomez
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He's back!
02:16 PM on 09/17/08
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oh yeah baby. Excellent write-up my man.
02:56 PM on 09/17/08
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02:59 PM on 09/17/08
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this shit is right up my alley - sweet. nice write up too.

actually, in terms of writing, this might be the best thing I've ever read on AP.
05:40 PM on 09/17/08
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Wow, this is incredible! I just need someone to send me a notification when a band is reviewed and sleeping at last or copeland is in the RIYL section. Because i am sure to fall in love with it.
06:45 PM on 09/17/08
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One of the best from last year.
06:58 PM on 09/17/08
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ive loved this Ep since i got it, its just really good
07:47 PM on 09/17/08
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Hey - just as an FYI - this is actually an independently released album. Catapult is responsible for the digital distribution, but has no other affiliation than that.

Great review though.
07:59 PM on 09/17/08
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Hey - just as an FYI - this is actually an independently released album. Catapult is responsible for the digital distribution, but has no other affiliation than that.

Great review though.

hey thanks for the head's up, just edited to reflect the details. much appreciated!
oh yeah baby. Excellent write-up my man.

thanks gents, as always :)

who were u before you were you?

i am the humble reviewer formerly known by the incredibly inventive handle "tgparn."

this shit is right up my alley - sweet. nice write up too.
actually, in terms of writing, this might be the best thing I've ever read on AP.

i'm glad you like the tunes! and that's an amazing complement. i don't know if i deserve it, but thanks so much for saying so!
08:01 PM on 09/17/08
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Wow, this is incredible!

One of the best from last year.

ive loved this Ep since i got it, its just really good

agreed across the board!
08:29 PM on 09/17/08
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outstanding band. they deserve all the success in the world. really nice review, too!
08:58 PM on 09/17/08
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I've listened to them day in and day out and I never get tired of hearing his amazing voice
09:30 PM on 09/17/08
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These guys are so so talented. Can't wait to hear whatever they come up with next.
10:34 PM on 09/17/08
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FINALLY this band is getting the recognition they deserve. This EP was one of the most amazing things to come out of 2007. Honestly. They're incredible live, too.

Thanks for writing this review. Well done.

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