Review by Lindsey Craun.
Clank… clank… clank. A steady rhythm gradually accumulates a multitude of sounds that are woven together into an epic musical tapestry and worthy introduction for The Republic of Wolves’ newest EP, The Cartographer. After only two months since their last album, the group has already come out with seven new songs. I know what you’re thinking… this’ll just be another shitty album thrown together without a second thought. Fortunately though, you’re wrong. The Cartographer’s got it all- emotional ballads, a few chill songs and even some screaming for you angry kids.
After “The Pilot and the Pilot’s Boy” comes to a blaring halt, “Home” starts out with some awesome rhythm guitar. The song is about a broken relationship and its constantly varying tempo keeps it interesting. That’s one thing The Republic of Wolves have got down- variation. The feel of the next song, “Calm Down,” is just what it implies. It’s much more serene than its predecessor, but just as good. The various clicks, ticks and swishes incorporated into the rhythm of this song develop into an indentifying characteristic of The Republic of Wolves.
If this album has a weak link, it’d no doubt be the next track, “Widow’s Walk.” There’s nothing particularly horrible about this song, but there’s also nothing particularly great. Though it doesn’t stand out, this song marks the album’s mood swing into a much darker tone. Both Widow’s Walk” and “India” contain dark, condemning lyrics that complement amped up percussion and screaming, which is apparent throughout the rest of the album.
I want to sit around a campfire with my friends, hold hands and sing the next song, “Mirage.” It’s beautiful. Think less percussion, more guitar and more voices. This song is chill and emotional at the same time and definitely my favorite. “The Dead Men Stood Together” closes out the album with a bang. Nine minutes long, it skims over every varying style portrayed throughout The Cartographer. Variety… no better word out these to sum these guys up.
Download “Widow’s Walk” here.