SHEARWATER – YOU AS YOU WERE
There are moments when music is just done so right. When skill, forethought, and energy all blend perfectly. There are trailblazing bands who do this, and those that chase behind trying their best to recapture that monumental sound. For the past eight years, indie bands have tried to use the essential pieces of what made Arcade Fire’s Funeral successful and patchwork something equally as epic. As if backing vocal chants and a “big” sound was all that was needed to make a classic stadium anthem. What is forgotten is that a song needs the right amount of patience, gradual build, and sincerity to truly get buy-in from the listener. Shearwater’s You as You Were is a prime example of what magic can happen when all the pieces fall into place.