Last year, Seattle-based Band of Horses released a gem of an album called Everything All The Time that was brimming with spacious Southern-tinged indie-rock. Since then (however) the band lost founding member Mat Brooke and headed South to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The resulting album is Cease To Begin and, while not radically different from its predecessor, the band has made subtle changes.
Cease To Begin still has the band’s driving guitars, but less of them. And Ben Bridwell’s vocals still ring out with an endless reverb that infuses their music with an almost ghostly atmosphere. It is grand, anthemic, and huge at times. It is even better on your front porch on a brisk and sunny autumn day. Less bombastic than Everything All The Time, Cease To Begin has its moments of fury, but focuses on the more sprawling and quieter moments.
Gorgeous melodies about and the golden-throated drawl of Ben Bridwell seems to coax them right out of the moonlight sky. Cease To Begin is an amazing and ridiculously catchy album that may be too close to Dad-rock for some, but being a father, that’s fine by me. The record is out now on Sub Pop.
MP3 | Band Of Horses – Is There A Ghost Cease To Begin
MP3 | Band Of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You Cease To Begin