Review: Adjy, ‘Prelude (.3333)’
Written by Joel Funk
If you’re looking for a reason to fall in love with indie rock again, look no further than North Carolina’s Adjy project. With Adjy, we’re far from the brand of indie rock bands like Modest Mouse have made their home; think Copeland, but only if Aaron Marsh had spent his formative years listening to The Appleseed Cast. You’ll come to find that there’s something special about this band that just draws you in, and once you’re in, you’re in. Their newest release, a four-song EP called ‘Prelude (.333),’ is all the proof you’ll need of this.
Hearing that the release has only four songs comes with a preconceived notion of brevity, and I need you to abandon that idea immediately. These songs range anywhere from four to ten minutes in length, and each of them feels like a story that you just can’t tear yourself away from. ‘Praepositio’ is a perfect example of this. Being the first song on the record comes with a lot of weight, as it will set the tone for the rest of what I’m expecting to hear, and this is one hell of a song.
‘Praepositio’ immediately springs to life with this bombastic bit of drumming that sounds like it’s being used to rally the troops for battle. A softly sung chant follows suit before some of the most soulful and passionate voices comes through and carries the song to fruition. It’s a great introduction to new listeners, but it works even better as a warmup for what’s to follow.
‘Another Flammarion Woodcut’ was the first Adjy song I heard, and looking at the runtime alone was intimidating. The track is nine minutes and twenty-six seconds long, which will either immediately intrigue or frighten new listeners, but it’s impossible to rip yourself away from it. The song itself feels like it’s broken up into three pieces, but there’s a fluidity in the storytelling of the lyrics that bounds them all together. We start off with somber vocals backed only by a piano, but by the end of the song, everything has picked up and we’ve hit peak climax for the song. There’s the perfect amount of beauty and tension, and that’s what keeps you there.
Waiting for these moments where the music and the storytelling match up so perfectly that you’re just left in awe, wondering how everybody isn’t talking about this music. Adjy is that secret that you don’t want to keep. ‘Prelude (.333)’ was certainly enough to hold me over, but I’ve got my eyes and ears on check for something more. I can’t wait to see what Adjy does with a full album’s worth of music, and whatever it is, I’m sure it’s bound to make them a household name. Long live indie rock; long live the Adjy project.