Oryx & Crake, In Snow, Timber
Oryx & Cake
Commitment. An adventure. A journey. Peoples use these words all the time in relation to marriage, in vows and explanations and elegies. So, too, do husband and wife Ryan Peoples and Rebekah Goode-Peoples of Atlanta’s Oryx & Crake. Though, chances are they mean it in a totally different way.
“There’s a beast in me/and I know you know this,” Ryan sings on “Strange as You Are,” the opener of the band’s latest album, Marriage. But knowing and seeing are two different things entirely, and Oryx & Crake make hay of the tension that lies between the two loading on Patterson Hood’s “duality of the Southern thing,” abandoned religion and nods to more than one of the great post-apolcalyptic novels of our time for good measure. Ostensibly, Marriage is about commitment – in a broad sense, not just between romantic partners – but it’s even bigger than that. Marriage is also about ambivalence.
For an album to tackle such big and slippery themes, it almost has to be cinematic, and in that regard, Oryx & Crake do not disappoint. Marriage displays the grandeur of Arcade Fire’s finer moments with the lyrical…[read more…]