Based out of Springfield, Illinois, Ransom Scenery’s avant-garde and experimental album, ear to ear, is truly an album they can proudly call their own. The band’s flawless ability to create such a diverse dimension of sound and texture rings exceedingly well on their first EP, released in February of this year. Duo Drew Lowery and Chaepter Negro’s craft for rich and elaborate sounds is reminiscent in the realm of Deerhunter and alt-J, yet stands alone as a creative artifact down their own individualized musical path.
Ransom Scenery delves into a solid start with their single for “Slowly Spinning”, a dizzying and otherworldly track with heavy shoegaze influences. As their name suggests, the band immerses the listener gradually into an atmospheric and whirling soundscape, hypnotizing until their last lingering note. Ransom Scenery’s music video for “Slowly Spinning” initially brings a sense of tranquility, but juxtaposes this facade with the inevitability of death, experimenting with shots of stillness to chaos marked with jolts and bright piercing colors.
Each track feels to have a deliberate placement within their EP, with “Unconditional” fittingly in the middle of the album as it connotes a range of dreamy instrumental dynamics, making use of post-rock influences; a brief change of pace from the more experimental variables marked before and after this point. Negro’s wide range of vocals in “Gasm of the Heart (knuckle gloves)” especially work well as an additional instrument to the song, like a shimmering wave coursing through the body. “All My” is a definite standout, and by far their longest track, drawing forth elements of My Bloody Valentine and Ride-shoegaze nostalgia. The song spans like a ethereal dream, lifting you up to introspective heights as it fades then picks up into their final track, “Pop Scripture”. Lowery’s beats belt out rapidly, combined with Negro’s graceful cello commanding attention before tying together their radical craft.
While Ransom Scenery’s ear to ear does contain a few monotone and repetitive lulls here and there, their EP is still a worthwhile listen and an expansion of experimental music worthy of aural exposure. You can keep up to date with Ransom Scenery on their Facebook, and Twitter page, as well as download their album for free on Bandcamp.