Experimental. Defined as, “involving a radically new and innovative style,” or “based on untested ideas or techniques.”
Experimental does not even come remotely close to describing the seemingly ethereal listening experience that is The Chariot’s fifth full-length album, One Wing.
Since the band’s conception in 2003, they have released an EP, 4 full-lengths, endured extensive touring, and gone through a handful of untimely lineup changes. However, regardless of these tumultuous experiences, musical genius and frontman Josh Scogin and company have crafted one of the most unparalleled albums of 2012.
In short, One Wing is an intricate yet ruinous onslaught of mind bending musical composition. It ranges from the unexpected Western-influenced interlude in “First,” to the haunting, yet somewhat calming, “Speak.” That’s not to mention the countless times you think to yourself while listening to One Wing:”Wait. What just happened?”
Early-era Chariot fans need not fret, regardless of the band continuing to push the barriers of any genre they delve into, they still manage to hold true to their Southern hardcore roots. Tracks such as “Not,” and “And,” feature guitarists Brandon Henderson and Stephen Harrison seamlessly executing the band’s signature Southern influenced riffage. Drummer David Kennedy effortlessly sets the records relentless pace and never misses a beat while he’s behind the drum kit.
While the musicianship on One Wing is second to none, what completes the album is the sheer fact that lyrical genius Scogin has implemented his most thought-provoking poetic justice to date. For instance, the early era sounding, “In” features Scogin belting out, “Let love close your eyes / Let love open your hands / You can’t live on the streets and change not your desire / Let love take you under.” Listeners can virtually feel the energy and sincerity emitting from every word that is sporadically spat from the frontman’s mouth.
Everything from the unsettling, schizophrenic artwork to the musicianship all conglomerates to make One Wing a definitive staple for any album of the year list. It seems as though we jumped to the conclusion that The Chariot had done it all with their previous full-length, Long Live. Now,they have retaliated with One Wing, and proceeded indropping our jaws even further towards the floor.
In conclusion, we are left with just one question. What on Earth are they going to do next?
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