Sunday, May 12, 2013
So far, every exposure one's gotten to Vår has been the gist of some form of electronica; almost always a warped or twisted take the genre, but in some form of that genre none the less. However, "Into Distance" suggests that with their first proper album, No One Dances Quite Like My Brother, Vår are not just preconceived notions or styles. The song features no audible synth or electronic work at all; instead the track is built around rapid snare hits and matched by frantic, rhythmic, acoustic guitar strumming. Guitar riffs and mechanical drum work pop in and out of the song, but Elias Bender Rønnenfelt's vocals, a mix between a sad wail and intense, strained prose, hold the track steady. Then, of all things, trumpets kick in during the song's last third, giving "Into Distance" both a more dire and uplifting tone. Nothing about this song is like anything Vår has done before in any sense, and yet "Into Distance" works so well in every way for the band. At its core, Vår's music is built on complimenting contrast, and "Into Distance" manages that in spades.
Pre-order No One Dances Quite Like My Brother here, from Sacred Bones Records