Marbled gray vinyl including 12 page lyric booklet, extra 5x5 insert, 8 original paintings by Vasily Kafanov and a digital download of the album. After a productive stint on the Tooth & Nail label, mewithoutYou goes independent with the sonically complex and lyrically dazzling Ten Stories. The Philadelphia-based quartet gives free reign to its expansive instincts while recounting an intricate tale of circus animals on the loose after a train wreck. This unlikely premise lets lead singer Aaron Weiss and his comrades explore their anthropomorphic characters in hallucinatory detail while fusing folk, hardcore, and prog-rock elements into a quirkily compelling whole. Though the band has offered such fable-like material before, Ten Stories displays greater depth and gravity. Christian themes of free will, justice, and obligation run through tracks likeElephant in the Dock,
"Aubergine," andBear's Vision of St. Agnes.
The dense, dark narrativeEast Enders Wives
invites comparisons with the poetry of Edward Arlington Robinson. Musically, the songs revel in time shifts and tempo changes. Weiss whispers and wails his vocals like a man possessed, from the thrash balladry ofGrist for the Malady Mill
to the soca-like lilt ofCardiff Giant
and the brass-inflected rock ofFiji Mermaid.
- Release Date: June 12, 2012
- Record Label: Pine Street
- UPC: 634457565814
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