Hotly anticipated by fans previously earned from releases ‘Res Cogitans’ and ‘Without Number’, Boston four-piece Plumerai strike another effective post rock result with ‘Your Guilty Pleasure’, their latest on Silber Records.
Reintroducing listeners to Elizabeth Ezell’s sultry vocals, ‘Strike’ brims with delicate brooding and tight guitar & drum composition, highlighting the level of development and competence the production levels of the band have reached.
Jaunty and melodic, ‘Spinning Landscape’ floats through the air when listened to, smooth and orchestrated to perfection, ‘Empty Graves’ following suit but emphasising a more ethereal, emotive affair with a guitar riff channelling the Madchester sound which gains props in its own right.
‘Painted Faces’ provides yet another stand out track, with guitars and drums playing off the attitude and sensuality of Ezell’s vocal talents, creating a symbiotic link between singer and musician that other bands rarely reach. ‘Your Guilty Prize’ adds to the former with a musical product with such aplomb its surprising to find its cinematic appeal not being exploited in upcoming films.
Bold in its production, striking in its composition, ‘Your Guilty Pleasure’ is easily Plumerai’s best album to date and a fine starting point for anyone who is a fan of female fronted rock (PJ Harvey, Patti Smith) and who, for some ungodly reason, haven’t heard of these guys yet.
Go forth and educate thy selves.