spacious, textured, raucous
Dub, Dark Shadows, a high-school band blowing the theme from The Rockford Files, and that anarchist squat ensemble in "Pola X." And that's not even a minute into the first song, Phobos. For me, the warm tones of film music from the 70s and aging Polaroid pictures remains a constant undertone to the album without preventing the Society from also effectively nodding to more traditional orchestras, be-bop, the wide open floating sound of Bill Frisell (on Red Eye) or imaging some noir film to accompany the mini-score of Jacobin Club. Check out the NPR interview with Argue for the real-life story of Habeus Corpus, and let Obsidian Flow not so much summarize as simply remind you of what you've been listening to throughout before the song, and the album, comes to its dramatic close. Then plan on catching the show live.