Seeing Right Through
Coming from seemingly out of nowhere, Exray’s arrive with a catchy new sound on their new self-titled album. Their debut release, Ammunition Teeth, was an underground hit, combining folky lucid lyrics with drum machines and electronic loops. Exray’s is another extension of that album, showcasing what they have learned and giving their tiny-yet-dedicated fan base what they want.
“You forgot to disappear / Here’s a broken spell / Here’s a question, how long?” The ominous lyrics harmonize on “You Forgot”, the opening track to Exray’s. The foot-moving track “Marry Hallow” begins with a provoking sound bite that baits you with some old school electric guitar and clap track. The vocals of Exray’s come off very folky with dance undertones, demonstrated on several songs throughout the album. “Stolen Postcard Sun” features refreshing acoustic guitar throughout along with the same dreamy vocals saturated in lucidity which appear throughout the album.
Overall, the album has no flow. It jumps from one song to another with no attempt at blending them. This doesn’t stop Exray’s from being an exercise in electronic folk harmony. These guys try to be a new type of rock band, and maybe they try just a little too hard. Esoteric in nature and definitely not for everyone, one might want to test the water by listening to their Ammunition Teeth EP to see if their experimental electronic fits your palate.