Itâ€™s been too long. Iâ€™ve missed you. Thereâ€™s a laundry list of things Iâ€™ve wanted to say but havenâ€™t in the past year. Iâ€™ve been busy. Things are good; I just get distracted. Iâ€™m sorry I havenâ€™t made it down to Portland to see any of your amazing shows and Iâ€™m sorry we havenâ€™t spoken in a while. Iâ€™d like to take a moment and rectify that because, despite my being vacant, I do have strong feelings for you.
You see, thereâ€™s a job and a girlfriend. (Thereâ€™s always a girl. Right? They take us away at timesâ€”but they sure are great company as well.) The responsibilities of life sometimes drown out everything but the immediate, making the age-old statement Ignorance is bliss all the more true. Iâ€™ve been thinking about that a lot lately.
So here I am, holding your new self-titled EP, listening to the songs. And I realize just how much Iâ€™ve missed you. I remember way back in 2006, meeting you for the first time at Doug Fir in Portland. When you took the stage, I was instantly surrounded by sound. There was something powerful behind the noiseâ€”something that altered realities.
And here you are, doing it again. First, the instrumental â€œSelf Will Run Riotâ€ and then on â€œGoldenwingsâ€. Your vocals are so strange here — almost operatic — but mixed with your edgy shoegaze sound they fit, oddly enough. Then â€œHalkuonâ€ drives me into a hypnotic state.
Yes, weâ€™ve missed each other, but Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll meet again soon. Maybe itâ€™ll be next month, maybe not for another year. But that day will eventually come â€˜round. Weâ€™ll embrace like old friends, maybe share a brew. And youâ€™ll blow me away just like the olden days.
This review was originally published May 5, 2008 on the old version of FensePost.
AristeiA: Self Will Run Riot [mp3]
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1. Self Will Run Riot