I’m sure by now, you’ve heard from somewhere or someone, raving reviews of Declaration of Dependence. The new album from the folks who’ve been missing for a little more than 5 years sounds exactly like where they left off a little more than 5 years ago. If you’re a long time fan like me, it’s mostly a blessing. They didn’t change at all, and it works due to the long disappearance. The new material invokes a powerful sense of nostalgia, like bumping into an old friend and suddenly wondering what’s he up to during all those years of seperation, then consequently thinking that maybe your life would have been just that much better if he had been around all the time.
The duo have a habit of constructing their songs to be cavernous and empty at the beginning, then slowly filling up the void with a stray harmony or two, followed by an entire choir of melodies and sounds, which are never to the point of being a prodigal mess, but still somehow manages to work up a little tempest that will stir your emotions raw. Imagine sitting in a dark room, the guitar harmonics like candles litting up, the strings like another hand in your own, and the delicate vocals bouncing off each other in perfect resonance, casting a warm glow on the face of someone who’s been smiling reassuringly at you.
So cheers to dependence. For we’re all somehow alone in the dark until we learn to depend on someone else.