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Brother Moses

Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
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"EP: Brother Moses"

Brother Moses‘ Thanks For All Your Patience is the sound of slackers who listened to a lot of Beck and the chill parts of Modest Mouse growing up. I mean that literally and figuratively; the lyrics explain the foibles and fears of maturing (just check the titles “Older,” “Wake You Up,” “Eyes Open”), while the music is a refined take on minimalist indie rockers like Spoon.

The line “I’m tired of sleeping in” from “Wake You Up” pretty much sums up the EP lyrically, as Moses Gomez’s lyrics all have to do with that process (sometimes a single sudden moment, sometimes several years’ worth of stuff) where you realize that you’re an adult and you have responsibilities. It’s the soundtrack of the mid-to-late ’20s in 2015. The lyrics are tight and quotable; they’ll appeal to people in that process, as well as people looking back on it.

The music is a streamlined, bouncy, minimalist form of indie rock that relies heavily on the interplay of the easygoing baritone, wiry guitar, rubbery bass, and tasteful drums. Sometimes this takes the form of The Walkmen-esque towers of hollowed-out guitar sound (“Wake You Up”) and sometimes there’s a hectic mashup between all the parts (“Eyes Open”), but most often Brother Moses isolates one aspect of the sound and features it against a backdrop of space (“Older,” “Hopeless”). “Older” takes its cues from a warm-yet-staccato synth, rim-rapping percussion, and occasional guitar to build an infectious, enigmatically beautiful tune. The parts are all there (this isn’t totally minimalist work), but there aren’t a lot of overt rock moves here. There’s a lot more warm vibe and unique mood-building going on.

That’s the thing that sticks the most from Thanks for All Your Patience: the lyrics are memorable, the melodies are tight, and the instrumental work is solid, but the overall mood of the piece is its greatest takeaway. (Slackers trying to grow up don’t necessarily get 100% business-like, at least not all at once.) The work here is strong, high-quality work, yet it’s all read through an easygoing, relaxed perspective. You can get old and not grow up, but you can also grow up and not become stodgy. Brother Moses’ Thanks for All Your Patience is a remarkable debut EP that leaves a big impression - Independent Clauses


"Thanks For All Your Patience B+"

It's nice to hear this fine debut EP from Fayetteville trio Brother Moses. Over the course of five alt pop-inflected tracks, the group proves it has a deft hand at filling in just enough musical space to make things even more interesting than one would suppose. The collection opens with the quirky "Older", with its minimalist percussion and clean guitar lick. "Wake You Up" follows with its exhortation to get up and get out - of bed or a relationship? You decide.

Shades of The National can be heard in the turmoil beneath the gentle exterior of the final tracks, "Hopeless" and "The First Step (Is Admitting You Have A Problem)." After this too brief introduction, we're ready to hear more from Brother Moses.

Hot Tracks: "Hopeless", "Wake You Up." - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


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