January 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Eraas – Initiation

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Eraas
Initiation
Felte
Street: 11.17.13
Eraas = This Mortal Coil + Massive Attack + The KVB
Initiation, Eraas’ second full-length album full of trip hop beats, kraut rock tempos and ethereal vocal samples, is remarkably hermetic and cohesive. Like Chelsea Wolfe, Eraas infuse their vocals with haunting echoes to create a kind of ominous atmosphere, especially on the sinister tracks such as “Old Magic” and “Above.” The title track is particularly enchanted, with its slow build up of found spoken word samples over a soft crackle into an airy, smoldering finale. It’s a more mature record than their debut of 2012, and hopefully pointed towards more mature releases in the future. –Christian Schultz
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