Posted by: will | June 28, 2006

Eulcid…

(For what it’s worth this is my 100th music review post since I started sound.as.language.)

BEST NEW MUSIC

Eulcid “Hope: And Songs To Sing” (Exotic Fever)

The long lost Eulcid album finally sees the light of day! The band issued their stunning debut, The Wind Blew All The Fires Out in 2002 and then seemed to disappear. Eulcid mastermind Mike Law resurfaced in another amazing band, New Idea Society. Somewhere in between Eulcid managed to record Hope: And Songs To Sing. Shortly after the band broke up which unfortunately led to the album sitting on the shelves. Thankfully, it has finally been released by the fine folks over at Exotic Fever. It’s a shame this album hasn’t seen release until now though cause it’s a great batch of songs that prove that Eulcid was one of the most overlooked and underrated bands of the last few years.

Hope: And Songs To Sing has a rather disjointed feel as the songs vary quite a bit. However, it actually adds to the listening experience rather than diminishing it. The first two tracks hit especially hard and remind me why I’ve missed this band. Law’s vocals echo the higher pitched sound of Guy Picciotto of Fugazi. “Clip” showcases Law’s lyrical deftness with the telling chorus, When Information turns to dollars it is already spent/Greed is the conveyor, and fiction is present tense/Piling up on our backs is a fear we can’t question/We will never notice the lullaby is sung all day. On tracks like “(I Heard It) On The Radio” and “Checkbook” you can clearly see the influence of Law’s more straight-forward songwriting approach in New Idea Society. The instrumental “No Vocals #3” and the acoustic “Word Of Mouth” continue the diverse songwriting to spectacular results. The epic “Cost Of Profit (Untitled)” shows how brilliant this band was. Its lyrical daggers shoot right to the heart of the consumerism that overwhelms our society at times. It’s a theme that seems to be prevalent throughout Hope: And Songs To Sing.

Ultimately this record and what Eulcid meant can be summed up in the lyrics that Law puts forth so eloquently time and time again. On “Afterthought” Law sings No need for volume when the genuine sings/Voices knock over un-moveable things. And on the album closer “Big Heart (For Woodie Guthrie, For Walt Cordell)”, Law sings with unwavering passion, No one could ever burn my heart out! Call me naive but I sure as hell believe him.

RIYL: New Idea Society, Fugazi, Q And Not U

Listen:

Eulcid – Clip (mp3)

Eulcid – (I Heard It) On The Radio (mp3)

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  1. […] New Idea Society is the project of Mike Law formerly of the great Eulcid. His last album, The World Is Bright And Lonely, came out in 2007 via Exotic Fever. […]


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