The Earth and I is an incredibly interesting and dynamic band. They describe themselves as a “progressive mathy rock and metal band” from New York, and have a passion for saving the planet. They are also quite witty; I found such quips as “Vegetarian metal for the carnivore in you”, and “We can’t afford the gasoline that our tour van requires, so we never burn any”, on their website. It’s always refreshing to see a band really push for their beliefs through their music, as that always runs the risk of alienating potential fans. If you are truly passionate about something, your music will reflect those emotions, and that’s exactly what The Earth and I does.
The Earth and I are dropping their new album, The Candleman, just a couple weeks from now on the 19th of October, and they sent it to us early to check out. As per usual, I’ll be going more in-depth with my favorite tracks on the album, but I would also like to point out that I had a very hard time settling on these tracks. Every song has something unique and interesting to offer, so you’ll definitely want to check out all the rest of them.
And Now for a Slight Departure was previously released as an instrumental single, but on the album version we have it in its entirety with vocals. This piece immediately caught my eye (or ear) with its beautiful and catchy clean guitar lick. As the song continues, we reach the chorus which has one of my favorite chord progressions that contains a very jazzy stepwise chord change. This track was a personal favorite of mine.
The Hollow Deluge is a track that feels quite different from the rest of the album, which is why it stuck out to me so strongly. It’s a very beautiful piece that consists of slow moving acoustic guitars, pianos, and pads. The progression of the song utilizes some interesting key modulations that keep the listener intrigued all the way throughout. As the song reaches its climax, drums come in and heavy guitar parts are introduced, still backed by a subtle piano riff. Overall this song is just an extremely beautiful piece.
The finale track, Skies Like Fences, starts right off as a progressive metal jam, complete with screams and all. A minute and a half in, the tone changes into a jazzy instrumental piece that has an absolutely beautiful guitar solo, backed by some very pleasing chords. As the initial metal vibe returns, we’re given another guitar solo, a quite bizarre one, over top of some unusual guitar arpeggios. The song ends as a solo piano track, one that is quite fascinating to listen to, and ends on an unresolved dissonant chord, which is a technique that can drive some people absolutely insane, but I am a huge fan of.
The Earth and I is a band full of absolutely wonderful musicians. They are able to create many different styles and vibes through their unique sound, and every track is absolutely worth listening to, which is not something I usually get to say. Get stoked for The Candleman on the 19th of this month!