For over 28 years envy have been crafting soaring compositions with captivating melodies that owe as much to Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai as they do to Bad Brains and Cro-Mags. Their new EP continues to display a masterful control of tension and release in chords and melodies behind the steady spoken-word Japanese of singer Tetsuya.
Opening track ‚Seimei‘ marries tear-inducing melodies with gut-wrenching grooves to create a soul journey, while ‚Zanshin‘ (meaning ‚uninterrupted heart‘ in Japanese) dashes forward with an upbeat groove and soaring post rock leads. On ‚Tamayura’, the energy is dialed back as reverb-drenched tremolo-picked guitar lines wash over you from behind alongside Japanese spoken word-parts and a throbbing heartbeat.
This is envy at their very best.