I don't usually write song-by-song reviews for albums, but I had to for this one, so here goes...
Swarm-This song starts out quiet and pretty, with some beautiful lead vocals. It then features some of the dreamiest guitar I've ever heard. This is the definition of dream pop. The lead singer's voice is reminiscent of Coldplay's Chris Martin, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, and even a little bit of Audioslave-era Chris Cornell. After a little while, the song melts into the ethereal, ambient beauty of Sigur Ros, with chilling falsetto singing. The only bad thing is that the song is too short. Just when it gets amazing, it's over.
In A Forest-This is the longest song on the album, and it takes you on quite a journey. It has everything: A beginning that sounds a lot like Radiohead, bells, violins, Mozart-like piano accompanied by a techno beat, and finally, a science teacher talking about cells!
Lights Out-In my opinion, the shoegaziest song on the album, and one of the most beautiful. Beautiful vocals accompanied by dreamy guitar. But it's another song that's far too short.
A Long Way Down The Landslide-A beautiful ballad that gets fairly heavy at the end, with some amazing drumming.
Ancestors-The shortest song at under two minutes, yet it manages to fit so much beauty in such little time.
Going Under-The heaviest song on the album. The drumming at the beginning has a vaguely disco/techno feel to it, and the chorus features some slightly rough vocals.
Horizon Line-Another beautiful ballad with great vocals.
Perfect Sight-Another of my favorites. I think the singer sounds even more like Chris Cornell on the chorus.
Hide-One of the most heart-wrenchingly beautiful songs I've ever heard. If this song were released on Top 40 radio, it would be a huge hit. It's a piano-driven balld that's eons better than anything that bands like The Fray and One Republic have done.
Ephemeral As We Speak-The title track, and final song. A great way to end the album. I love the way it fades out at the end.
All in all, this is a fantastic album for fans of bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, and maybe even Audioslave and The Fray. As you can see from the number of times I used the word "Beautiful", it definitely is that! I can't overstate the beauty and diversity of this great Canadian band! Highly recommended!