I Am Alaska

To Elude The Architect EP

Written by: TL on 26/06/2009 00:52:57

When I last reviewed a release from Philadelphia's own I Am Alaska, I had a hard time finding interesting things to say about it. It wasn't because "A Day In The Life Of EP" wasn't an intriguing listen, in fact it was quite characteristic and delightfully void of clichés, however, while the sound of "Proletariat" still resounds in my head on the odd occasion, there doesn't seem to be much else left in form of a memory from the record.

And I'm afraid that's exactly what I'm going to predict is going to happen to the band's second EP "To Elude The Architect". While it seems the boys have calmed a bit down and introduced a few more colours to their palette, the end product is still a rather bleak trip through quiet/loud dynamics, coated in part indie, part experimentalism and part post hardcore, located in the no mans land between the sounds of The Mars Volta, Thursday and Boys Night Out. Especially the latter band seems like an accurate reference in those many moments where the guitars wail with melancholy and either the lead vocals or the backing choirs (/gang shouts) sing lyrics in their oddly reserved manner. Other than that, I would also mention the Icelandic boys from Agent Fresco or Britain's own Scream! Shout! Say Nothing! as similar bands to this one.

This is easily a better record than the last one, because it simply has more to offer, but that being said, it feels like it does the same thing. It creates an eerie mood that floats unnervingly back and forth between parts pseudo-memorable and parts wholly forgettable. It's slightly interesting, and far from boring to listen to, but at the same time it's also just unexciting in a very strange way. I know I'm making it sound like a rather uninteresting record, and that's unfair because it isn't, I just don't really know what to say about it. I guess this band is just not one I can seem to get, so I'm going to go with gut feeling, grade it the same as last time and then let you guys decide for now. And then I'll hope that the band will come up with something for next time that can really win me over.


Download: Lobo, Them
For The Fans Of: Boys Night Out, Agent Fresco, Scream! Shout! Say Nothing!
Listen: myspace.com/iamalaska

Release Date 26.05.2009
No Sleep Records

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