Chapter Three completes a trilogy of EPs from Florida based band, Leem of Earth. The three song release follows its predecessors in treading 90s rock band waters, but moves from a definitive synth rock sound into something more fluid and timeless. Sunny Day Real Estate comes to mind, as well as later Jeremy Enigk albums. There’s a hint of prog-rock, as well, on Army of Dry Bones.
The first track and the radio single, Wishing Well, has vocalist LM singing with tense and direct passion in the verses. The chorus quickly builds into a dynamic wail from the entire band. The lyrics tell of LM wishing that she was anywhere but the wishing well, a feeling that is at odds with the traditional fairy tale character.
Dressed For War circles the earth with war drums pounding and arpeggiated synth. The guitars are close and the bass holds everything firm. LM sings “…all of this time I’m looking out but blood’s on the battlefield within.” The song ends with the entire band singing out in the final bridge.
The last song, Army of Dry Bones, includes pieces of Ezekiel chapters 36 and 37 and gives melodies to match the spirit of the lyrics: “Our bones are dry, our hope is lost.” The band thunders in a way that is reminiscent of Radiohead circa The Bends. Almost everything drops out in the middle of the song, as the voice of God speaks to the prophet.
Leem of Earth offers this trilogy-ending EP as a thematic resolution to Leem’s story: that of a person on a quest, in music and in words.
On Chapter Two, Florida band Leem of Earth continue the musical expedition they began on Chapter One (which was released in October 2018). This three song release expands on the sound and the story. The sound is a nod to the vibe of the best nineties bands - part romance and part grunge. The band cites The Innocence Mission, Radiohead and Sunny Day Real Estate as some of their favorite bands from the period.
With Chapter Two, the band adds in otherworldly aspects. "Water" is a Peter Gabriel-style conversation with a skeleton. In "Faithful Lights", the sun and moon watch over the dreaming narrator, and the music swells and surges with synth, voice and rhythm section all keeping pace with each other. "Only So Many Ways" features guitarist B's towering electric, while N on bass and E on drums are vivid and relentless, and LM's velvety voice wraps it all up.
Producer Jeremy SH Griffith adds his synth expertise and created a couple of codas from tiny pieces of the songs. Leem of Earth’s sound and vision is ethereal and not all that easy to describe, but we think that’s definitely a good thing.
The four members of Florida band Leem of Earth deliver an expansive, synth influenced sound on their debut, Chapter One. The three song release is a nod to the vibe of the best nineties bands - part romance, part grunge, with the feel of an indie rock video in black and white 35mm film. They cite The Innocence Mission, Radiohead, Belly and Sunny Day Real Estate as some of their favorite bands from this period.
LM leads and centers the band with her guitar and keys and soft but not-too-sweet vocals. She and the rest of Leem of Earth all have past and current lives in music, so they decided to go simply by initials in the band. Brothers B and N are on guitar and bass, respectively. E plays drums.
Thursday late night recording sessions with producer Jeremy SH Griffith (Johnnyswim, SUNBEARS!) and engineer Chris Taylor brought songs on Chapter One to life. There are moments inspired by 19th century Scottish novelist George MacDonald, as on "The Beech Tree’s Song". LM quotes a MacDonald poem, her breathy voice mirroring her piano, while the band builds to a forceful, nearly chaotic ending. Other moments drag you into some of LM's personal space: “When I wasn’t looking, you turned my heart towards you. I wasn’t thinking of being anybody’s love,” she sings on "Southland", with a wall of shimmering, reverb guitars behind her.
The 3 track EP works to capture and keep attention - from the nostalgic opening melody on an old Wurlitzer spinet, to the last uplifting outcry of electric guitars, so much is accomplished in the short time span. We hope you're left wanting more.
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