Church Tongue - There Is Nothing You Can Say [EP]
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Record Label: Self-Released
Church Tongue is the latest project from Derry, New Hampshire-based musician Robert Pearsall. Originally a member of screamo outfit Alessa, Pearsall trades in the abrasive nature of Alessa's frantic hardcore energy for plaintive acoustic dirges and heart-on-sleeve lyrics.
How is it?
Owing much to the somber emotional landscapes of the likes of Carissa's Wierd and Owen, There Is Nothing You Can Say is a sobering exploration of the sadder side of the emotional coin, the teary-eyed acoustic strumming and crisp finger-picking invoking images of autumn at dusk, the dark illuminated by the flicker of crudely carved Jack-O-Lanterns and ropes of orange lightbulbs as you sit on a porch swing, pondering your life's pitfalls and shortcomings. This isn't your average Kinsella-worship act though, as the occasional curveball is thrown into the mix. Most notable is "Dumpkinhead: The Return", a track that showcases Pearsall's screamo background; featuring hoarsely screamed backing vocals juxtaposed against aggressive acoustic strumming.The EP's high point is "Coffin Shaped Candy", a bittersweet cut that is likely to raise a bit of a lump in the throat. Pearsall's emotional input into this EP is evident throughout, and it's a refreshing dose of sincerity that is often absent on your run-of-the-mill emo-acoustic record. If you're a fan of honest songwriting and the occasional evening spent sadding around, There Is Nothing You Can Say should by all means be your next stop.