Brooklyn has been spewing out genre-bending bands for some time now,and The More Escapes is the latest one jumping out at us. They have decided to run with what they do best, to what is purest to them, with no consideration on how to best "impress" the listener, or for that matter, the industry. Yet they manage to do exactly that.
The proof? Well, right from the gun they tear apart formats. Does track 1 "Dummit" contain only verses? Or only chorus's? There's no way to tell. They bring back "format" in track 3 with "7 Seconds", and then
take us to an eerie guitar driven electronic twist on track 4 with "Funny". (are they allowed to use both electronic drums and live drums on the same CD? )
Apparently, they are. Even in the same song. The 7th track, "May December", starts with "noisesque" drums over hard guitars only to drop to a hip hop flavour electronic beat. And then back again.
If you want commercial, and possibly the least dark track on 11 Hope, you get it on "Foolia". Sweet melodies with steady music. Listen for the drums moving from verse to chorus, very cool.
They pick up a guest singer on "Croton-Harmon", and give us a guitar/hip hop groove with beautiful backups. This is the song to force your "other" to listen to when things get out of control.
"Mirror", track 10, is the 1st song over 4 minutes. I wont even attempt to explain this song. (but we should ask how they can make 1 word fill a space that most would put 10 words)
Track 11, "Darkness", with it's quick acapella intro, and screamed melody, keeps you wanting more.
Track 12, Apology To My Left Hand, is sullen, and more sullen, with drums on 1 side, guitars on another.
Track 13, "Thanks", takes you on an 8 minute journey. From a seemingly desperate intro, to an angry drop, and an instrumental in the middle that explodes to the final chorus, it finishes on an outro that just melts away.
Mainly vocals with guitars (progressively layering in) on the 14th track, "Stay". Very raw. This might be the hidden gem on the CD. Can't quite figure out if it's a happy or sad song.
"Trees" is as much a ride as a song can be. Just be prepared for the swell...the drop...the swell..and then the drop into something completely different. If your patience is short, they end the CD with an acoustic version of part of this masterpiece.
The next 2 songs give you an idea of the extremes The More Escapes goes to. "A Lil Piece" stays calm and peaceful throughout, followed by the hardest, rawest track on the CD, "Other People's Porn".
I suppose you could break out a bunch of adjectives to describe the coalition of songs on 11 Hope. I'll leave that up to the listener. I will say it's rare to hear music as art. A film score without a film, that's seed is whatever the artist was feeling at that moment in time. Not often do we hear the actual mixing process being as musical and important as it is here. Which leaves me to believe that time itself is an important ingredient.
But the most important ingredient here?