Down The Elements, a four-song EP, appeared next, and was a bit of a departure from If I Could See Dallas. It's succinct; it's darker, and it's a bit more captivating. The band's maturity is obvious. The EP doesn't contain what has become their patented gentle, country-flavored space rock; instead, its four tracks are deep, heavy explorations of straightforward "rock," and it's quite satisfying. By "deep, heavy" I mean "long," as two of the four songs break the ten minute mark; the title track is over fifteen minutes. Down the Elements was a bit of a clearing-house for this big rock sound, and served a purpose as a one-off experiment. What appeared next, however, would be a definitive statement.
Listen to: "Sputnik"
Down the Elements is available now on Darla Records
Labels: Darla Records, Japancakes, Reviews J