"Fox," the opening track on Paw Paw's new three-song EP, 3 Eye, immediately separates this release from the band's 2012 album, Lay Down In the Flower Bed. Whereas that effort was bright and glistening with luminous, uplifting tones, these songs are darker and more organic. They're the next step in the sonic evolution that began on last year's Temporalis/Epiphysis, in that there's more of an emphasis on the abstraction of sound in the evocation of emotion; Eston Lathrop employs a more tonal and atmospheric compositional technique here rather than letting melody and conventional rhythm guide the structure of the songwriting. "The Wind is a Merciless Beast" preserves a delicate balance between pure melodic atmospheres and the physicality of a minimal, textural beat. "Tantalizing," which closes things out, recalls late ambient-era Eno with its endless sonic horizons.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.
More MUSIC News
- Shows, Shows, Shows: A Glimpse of Rhinoceropolis Through Flier Art
Fri., May 22, 8 p.m.
Thu., May 21, 8 p.m.
Thu., May 14, 8 p.m.
Sat., May 16, 8 p.m.
- Tom Hagerman Talks About the CSO's New Collaboration with Local Artists
- Every New Denver Concert Announcement