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Pelican: The Fire in our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw

The right place at the right time -- Released on Hydra Head Records, July 26th

With only two albums under their belt, Pelican is just beginning to make an impression on the indie scene. <i>The Fire in our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw</i> is the reason. With their latest release these Chi town natives share their personal relationship with the ebb & flow with more careful drum and guitar explorations.

The inherently aggressive sound that made their first, <i>Australasia</i>, so essential is not completely lost on this one though. The second track, "Autumn to Summer" is filled with dragging guitar lines that pull you out of the studio and back into the garage at crucial moments. Next, on "March to the Sea", feels like you're wading in rough waters heading in no real direction but surrounded by a lot of noise; this one is for the metal heads!

On the other side of Pelican's apocalyptic ocean story is a tender track with no name, perhaps this is the lifeboat intended to carry us through to the remaining tracks. "Red Ran Amber" warrants the obvious links to Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. By comparison though Pelican is a bit rougher around the edges, keeping a natural quality that is like no other -- for now. There are numerous underground instrumental rock bands around the country that compete for the crown that is a record deal. Pelican deserve this right, but are the others left behind; perhaps this is just the beginning?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars