Various Artists / Harmonic Motion: Volume 1
Album: Harmonic Motion: Volume 1   Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Mar 2008
Label:Differential Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-06-01 Pull Date: 2008-08-03
Week Ending: Jun 22 Jun 15 Jun 8
Airplays: 1 2 3

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 27, 2017: butterscotch memory
Dusk Swallowed Dawn
4. Jun 08, 2008: Emergency Loxodromica
Dusk Swallowed Dawn
2. Jun 15, 2008: Loxodromica
Still Walks The Streets
5. Jun 07, 2008: Scatterbrain Replacement Radio
The Sun's Condolences
3. Jun 12, 2008: A2Z
The Sound Of Titans
6. Jun 06, 2008: Subbin' Live for 6 Ft Underground
Still Walks The Streets

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-05-26
Harmonic Motion: Volume 1
Split EP

Uptempo Instrumental Post Rock. The EP features You.May.Die.In.The.Desert (from Seattle) on the first 5 tracks and Gifts From Enola (from Virginia) on the second 5. This EP is in the spirit of Explosions in the Sky, Signal Hill, Scraps of Tape, Mercury Program, or Maserati but tends to keep a significantly faster beat.
This is You.May.Die.In.The.Desert's freshman attempt. They like to alternate between blasting fast and furious "Friday Night Lights"-like juicer tracks and flipping all over the place with different time signatures, giving them a vaguely math sound. Sometimes you get a distinct taste of Nintendo rock.
The Gifts From Enola side of this disc (tracks 6-10) are more textured and exhibit more experimentation than their full-length. These tracks tend to be the better half of the EP.
Picks: 10! 3,6,7

1 (11:44) A sugary start with vistas of echoing guitars. The second half pulls in a more bouncy bass and lots of cascading melodies.

2 (3:08) The drum kit leads this darker, swaying track with screaming guitars.

3 (5:26) Distinct Nintendo-like intro leads into a collage of beats and melodies with harp-like guitar.

4 (5:14) Starts fairly slow, with a recurring melody. This track doesn't get off the ground until the last 1:30.

5 (5:10) Bouncy track with lots of blah.

6 (5:43) A racing track with some weird feedback effects. The harmonized guitars bounce all over the place and have a beautiful, spritely interlude in the middle of the track.

7 (5:10) Ice cold electronic intro followed by an ascension. The guitars break down into a dark soupy mess at 1:30. The track keeps this dark texture throughout.

8 (2:12) A short slow interlude.

9 (3:40) A tiny bit of glitch and cascading vibrating soundscapes.

10 (9:03) Acoustic for the first minute, then the electric guitar and drums come in to accompany the spanish guitar. Epic, screaming licks. --Dominic

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. You.May.Die.In.The.Desert The Sound Of Titans
2. You.May.Die.In.The.Desert In Case I Should Die...
3. You.May.Die.In.The.Desert Mitchell Vs. Rowesdower
4. You.May.Die.In.The.Desert Seagulls = Sea Eagles
5. You.May.Die.In.The.Desert Let's Have Sarcasm For Breakfast
6. Gifts From Enola The Sun's Condolences
7. Gifts From Enola Still Walks The Streets
8. Gifts From Enola 10/7
9. Gifts From Enola The Vision Of Ruby Turpin
10. Gifts From Enola Dusk Swallowed Dawn