Deer Leap - Here. Home.
Release Date: September 2012
Deer Leap came onto the New Hampshire scene in 2010 with the release of their demo EP and subsequent split with emo-indie newcomers, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die. This resulted in an east side tour, exposing both bands as exponents of a new wave of mid-west emo artists. Only this time, the genre appears to be returning with an air of post-rock about it, much like American Football did nearly 15 years ago.
Here. Home. was released in 2012 to minor fanfare. It was reported on AbsolutePunk, spawning several comments (including my own) of how impressive Deer Leap were in their split EP and that checking it out is a must.
Nearly a year later and no review has been posted, which in my eyes is a disgrace, as LP's like this should not disappear under the radar.
The album opens with "Here" and already you get the feeling that Deer Leap are nodding towards reverb-heavy atmospheric compositions, much akin to Appleseed Cast or Mike Kinsella-esque soundings. The Beauty of Deer Leap is that there is no way vocals are missed. In true post-rock fashion, the value is measured instrumentally, like in second track Penny's Boat.
In "Walls Become The World All Around", singer/guitarist Keith Galvins melodic chords gives a shake to their classical emo roots. His vocals carries the song into the climax. One can sense in a few years time, the line "You’re barely awake in the passengers seat / Speeding up 93 at 4 in the morning / Your conscience starts slowing" would be sang back at them by a few hundred fans holding their fists in the air. If Deer Leap live up to their potential, it's sure to be a chaos-ensuing final-song-in-set track.
The album them quietens down a notch with"Home" followed by "What Is Dead May Never Die". Vocals are a tiny bit laboured but don't let that put you off Here. Home.
Deer Leap kick start the transition for the more instrumental half of the album with "We're All Liars Here". Again nodding back to live comparisons, you could envisage this being the time the spotlights are dimmed. To highlight one of the bitterest sides of live music, this is the type of track which would allow imbeciles in the background to chatter, not appreciating the pure beauty and simplicity of what's being exhibited before them. I hate those people.
Here. Home. kicks back into life with the strongest song on the album - "And Every One of Us Is Better Than You". Galvin's vocals disappear into the background, but still act like a burner/gas hob turned down to low, leaving the contents above to bubble and simmer. Morrison and Sciacca compliment each other perfectly, leaving you wondering how the hell a three piece band can make so much noise.
Finally the album begins to wind down again with "(Take Time)." We've done the dirty, we're now relaxing, tangled up in a post-sex haze, smoking a cigarette and reminiscing about what's just passed. This carries on into "The White Lodge," which is a great end to an excellent album. Even after the albums finished It leaves an afterglow, an orange orb slowly fading out of focus leaving you thinking "What? It's over already?"
Deer Leap have offered up a tasty morsel of a starter and I for one can't wait to tuck into the main course.
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