OAKS: Field Beat: 12” EP

Sep 19, 2013

I like this quite a bit. Their sound is sort of indie rock with some electronic music and mild goth touches here and there. It’s as though they’ve updated 1980s post-punk to fit and relate to the present. There’s a coldness and darkness here, but it’s not entirely gloomy either. The tempos are up—and at times tribal—but they don’t get dour and plodding. The guitar is driving, with cold tones, and, at times, churning in the background, with the bass holding everything together. Erica Krumm’s vocals have a dreamy sound, like something you hear in a dream off in the distance. Coupled with Jim Kolles voice in the song “Falls,” they turn ethereal.

 –M.Avrg (Oaks, [email protected])