I briefly touched upon my adoration for the lovable four-or-possibly-more (I really can't keep track of these things) piece Ravens & Chimes in my CMJ preview. Other than that? I'm pretty sure Radio Free Chicago has not only been a Raven-free-zone but a chime-free-zone as well. Well, kids, that's all about to change and I, for one, am damn excited.
Ravens & Chimes debut release, Richenbach Falls, holds a very special place in my heart, despite the very little attention it recieved. It's hard to say what exactly it is that's so magical about the LP but from whisper quiet opening notes of "This Is Where We Are" to the quiet-loud-quiet formula the band displays with ease as the track progresses, I found myself constantly taken aback by unexpected tempo changes, stingingly personal lyrics, and some of the lovliest harmonies found in indie music today.
Finally - finally! FINALLY! - Ravens & Chimes are releasing their second album, Holiday Life. When? I'm not exactly sure as facebook, myspace, and the band's blog all seem to be fairly barren of integral information but it must be soon because guess what? We got ourselves a single!
The song is a perfect example of what Ravens & Chimes is, as a cohesive unit. All the moster beautiful moments of Richenbach Falls are present, something that bodes incredibly well for the prospect of the band's sophomore disc. From the lilting piano to the vocal harmonies that kick in on the lyrical powerful chorus, "Division Street" is Ravens & Chimes, to a tee.
Thus, you can probably guess what my most antipiated album of 2010 is. Unless it's coming out in 2011. In which case, 2011, get ready to be Ravened and Chimed.