I am not prepared to receive that which I desire the most
By A Slight Breeze
By Julio D. Anta
St. Augustine/Jacksonville natives A Slight Breeze have been turning heads nationally with their debut EP. Formed earlier this year in the wake of the recently defunct band Bernard, they released I Am Not Prepared To Receive That Which I Desire Most, a post-rock/ instrumental album featuring six-songs written and recorded entirely by founding member and bassist Ryan Adams.
Opening track “Make Light.” sets the mood for the album by doing just what the title advertises, and shines light upon what can be one of the most atmospheric albums independently released to date. The album then kicks into the percussion- filled track “Christmas In Sweden” which is packed with sleigh bells, wind chimes, and other more obscure auxiliary percussions. “Christmas In Sweden” delicately weaves every instrument into a crescendo before peacefully bringing it back down to the simplistic rhythm with which it began.
The fourth song “All The Good” is easily the most memorable track on the album. “It’s all right, we’ll win this war” is sung repeatedly over delayed guitars, keyboards, and then the full band. What makes this song so memorable is not the fact that there are lyrics, but the way the lyrics are delivered without distracting the listener from the musical atmosphere previously set. Finally, “Killing Bears With Other Bears.” clocks in at over nine minutes and closes the album with a mix of heavy distortion and resonant bass tones retrospective of opening piece “Make Light.”
This may not be the easiest album to get a hold of (only available at shows and through the band’s myspace) but it’s definitely worth the extra trouble. Having already heard songs off their forthcoming album and ballet score, I can guarantee you’ll be hearing more of this band in the future. I Am Not Prepared To Receive That Which I Desire Most is only a preview of what’s to come from a band that shouldn’t just be listened to, but experienced.