Label: Wilder Prior
"This expansive LP from Pittsburgh mainstays HARANGUE is a dreamwalk through the minds of its makers, replete with unexpected vistas from this quartet of piano, guitar, bass and drums. Opening with the taut bounce of "Wisteria," the band jumps off with brisk melancholy, weaving and unraveling the layers and hooks of this standout track. Wisteria is a defined aesthetic statement, the sound is fraught with false nostalgia for nature, for simpler times.
"Uniformly Chaotic" turns on dimes, steadily driving through flowing melodies and subtly continual dynamic shifts. Harangues energetic piano and rhythm section pound while the guitar snakes in and out of contrapuntal bliss, hissing out reverb and fuzz like the Kinks Dave Davies, and countered with desperate lyrical themes suggesting Street Hassle-era Lou Reed.
Side B continues Harangues sojourn with "The Valley," an epic trip of yearning through noir-ish shadows yielding to brilliant glimpses of sunlight through spring-reverb guitar texture and earth-rumbling, feedback-laden solos.
The LPs closer "Whitewashed Wall" rides through the end of nights tunnel, using negative space like a magic marker. Talking deliverance and sounding dark before sunrise, the song sways between half-tempo slow dance and full-on haunt before the backbeat swings and ascends with a bubbling line of guitar triplets that bloom into grand sonic swaths--triumphant, immersive, nearly decadent, harkening back to an imaginary jam between George Gershwin and Pink Floyd in 75.
Harangues lyrics sketch images of uncertain futures and abandon--a personal search for clarity, perhaps. But the album as a whole should end that search; it is a gem shining amidst static and snow." -Chicago Independent.