Brother, Sister by mewithoutYou
It took me some time to get used to mewithoutYou, but by the time they released their third album, Brother, Sister I was convinced. After each release they progressed further and further from their post-hardcore roots establishing themselves as more of an experimental rock band. Brother, Sister is still plenty guitar heavy, but has a sort of vagabond vibe to it. Added embellishments such as acoustic guitars, horns and even a harp complete the album’s sound. It’s the kind of music that would have been made in medieval times had they had electric guitars. This album is also full of groovy bass and punchy drums, making it surprisingly danceable. I would be remiss to not mention singer Aaron Weiss. His spoken word vocal style is anything but traditional and really sets mewithoutYou apart from other bands. Lyrically Weiss’s words are like poetry and explore a number of spiritual themes. There hasn’t be a time when I’ve listen to Brother, Sister and not been inspired in some way.