Pete's Pick: Vacuity

19-Aug-2008 03:10 AM

Contributed by: pete

Vacuity / At The Command Of The Blanket Sky

13 Track CD
© 2008 Vacuity

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Since the release of At The Command Of The Blanket Sky in March by Kitchener-based Vacuity, I've been listening to it with steadily increasing frequency, causing it to be in my top 10 weekly listening charts more than a few times over the past couple of months. Like any great album, there are some songs that caught me right away (e.g. Beckoning), but it was the more complex songs (e.g. Tamer Than Anything) that grew to be my favourites after repeated listens. Only time will tell, but I suspect this album will be part of my listening playlists for many years to come.

The order of songs on the album is excellent, like a carefully crafted set list, the transition from song to song serves to make both songs better, with a great example being the transition from My Body Is A Void to The Worst Thing. From the masterful guitar work from Greg Osborn to the melodious vocals of Rob McFee, though the driving bass lines of Paul McGough and never-monotonous percussion of Emeri Schweigert, this album is consistently rich in both music and lyrics.

I realize that Vacuity is a relatively unknown band, but I've become so attached to this album that I'm really hoping you'll give it a chance. Here are the steps:

  1. Download Beckoning from the Vacuity website.
  2. Download Tamer Than Anything from my website.
  3. Download The 5th Of November from the Vacuity website.
  4. If you made here, and like what you heard: Buy the album. There are 10 more excellent tracks waiting for you.
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