Quicker, shorter, less deliberate perhaps than their sophomore release. Lots of piano, which also is absent from East the Water (and that's totally fine). The haunting voices leading the "Prelude to War" into "War" are chilling. (I bet this would be awesome to experience live.) A solid album from start to finish. And they were just getting started.
Favorite track: Prelude to War.
“It probably took us way longer to write this album than it should have. In fact, it did take too long. Countless hours were spent writing and re-writing songs until we got to a point where we all could agree that it felt it was falling into place. Some parts of this album were written on the back porch of a mountain house looking onto a valley, some in a living room in Norcross, GA. In the duration of composing this album there were bouts of hysterical laughter till we cried and moments of intense passive-aggressiveness. There were line-up changes. People moving away, people moving on. But all the experiences and emotions over the years of writing and recording are what ultimately gave us the songs in this album.
So over four years after releasing our first EP, we are pleased to present you with our self-titled sophomore album: Of the Vine
(And we promise we’ll try our best to never take this long again.)”
released December 17, 2010
Connor Way and Samuel Laubscher
Recorded and mixed by:
Jared Tuck at Favorite Gentlemen Studios
The fact that music this complex and intricate can carry this much emotional depth is staggering. Creating walls of sound, and crescendos throughout these wonderful tracks, they seem to effortlessly shift into passages of mellow beauty. I’m awestruck by these compositions.... CARPAGE