Sometimes when you listen to an band, you get the feeling that whoever is behind the amp is an accomplished, skilful musician. The technical precision of every chord and beat is unquestionable, and it's clear they practiced for years to become so good. Remora's not that kind of band. Let's say music has among others 2 axes, skill and quality - not intimately connected, but not mutually exclusive. The Mars Volta, to take one example, is clearly high on skill and, in my opinion, medium on quality due to spotty, overindulgent songwriting. Kepler would be medium on skill and high on quality - no complicated guitar riffs there. Remora, now, would probably be low on skill and high on quality. This music is not complicated by any means, but the musician has an innate sense of how to make it sound good.
Take the first song, "The One I've Been Waiting For." This song is extremely repetitive - that guitar part you'll hear doesn't change at all the whole time. I could play this song on my guitar, and I'm terrible. Of course, that didn't stop the song from being stuck in my head for two months while I was travelling and didn't have it. The music is just kind of raw and basic, like an apple - and there are times when I would prefer a delicious apple over a savory feast. The rest of the album certainly follows this example - simple, repetitive, but beautiful and sort of primally engaging. Some of the songs are instrumentals, which Remora have more practice with if their discography is any indication, and they're very nice. "Sorry" is a great example, a sort of cross between Frost and a sinister Windy & Carl. The other tracks with vocals are hit-and-miss; I like "Kill My Way Out Of Here," but another could just as easily despise it for being sort of over-the-top Tom Waits wannabeism. The singer doesn't have a particularly good voice, but when he uses it correctly it sounds fine, and anyway the vocals have no great claim to the music - they're there, but they're not primary.
You'll get an idea of whether you like Remora or not pretty much from one listen. I personally got hooked right away, but I won't be sad if you decide it's not for you. Take these sample songs and enjoy, and if you want to check out some more, go to Remora's website where they have more songs and a free EP.
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