There's no gradual buildup preparing us for the epic bellowing and thunderous guitar-crashing that make up Frog Eyes' fifth studio album. The nine-minute lead track, A Flower In A Glove, launches immediately into the Victoria band's madcap world that centres on Carey Mercer's theatrical howling and literary lyrical blasts.
Recorded mostly live off the floor, including some of the vocals, Paul's Tomb has a power that the band's previous albums lacked. And new member Megan Boddy's pleasing backing vocals break up Mercer's monolithic lead shouts about kings and prophecies. The music is ever-shifting, propulsive, buzzing with fuzzy guitar melodies and sometimes confusing.
Lear In Love evokes a more hyper Dan Bejar (Destroyer, the New Pornographers), with whom Mercer collaborates in Swan Lake, while the soothing instrumental Lear, In The Park offers respite from the sonic tidal wave.
Top track: Lear In Love
Frog Eyes play the Music Gallery Courtyard June 15.