Listening to Ceremonies is the first interaction I’ve had with I, Us & We’s music, but it certainly won’t be the last. Their sound brings a whole new meaning to atmospheric as each track feels like a wholly engrossing world of its own. Lead single “Tryst” immediately grabbed my attention as the vocal melodies remind me of Cynic’s essential Traced In Air (funny how an indie-electro cut can have similarities with a metal masterpiece), but I was successively pulled into their sonic world more and more with each track.
The artwork is fitting for Ceremonies, its futuristic imagery echoing the album’s forward-thinking ethos. Are the figures on the cover statues? Are they alive? Are they human? Are they something else entirely? I found myself thinking about that while listening to the record. Maybe it’s a mixture of all of the above, just like I, Us & We mix elements of indie stylings of the organic nature with electronic elements of the technological realm.
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