The Summer Pledge
It seems like an eternity since Detroit post-rockers The Summer Pledge released their stunning debut You Are You. After seeing them perform the album in its entirety at a prom-themed, multi-band extravaganza, I instantly fell in love with their energy and You Are You became my favorite record of 2009 - one that still receives regular playthroughs on my iPod, at home, and in the car.
Since then the band has slimmed down a bit to a foursome, but they have lost none of their charisma, power, and have actually grown musically. The long wait is finally over, and I'm happy to announce that the band's second album, Vessels, features the same blend of spacey effects and melodic, somewhat experimental rock that made You Are You so special, but with an increased focus on more proper song structure instead of largely instrumental jams.