Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
Record label: Partisan
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock
This third album from the Brooklyn based duo of Ryan Seaton and Sara Lucas met widespread acclaim on its release in the USA last year, but has only now landed in the UK. This is likely to be UK listeners’ first experience of the duo’s meticulously arranged, coruscating guitar rock. Responses to the band so far seem to have emphasised their art rock credentials, and the syncopated rhythms, unpredictable structures and occasional odd dissonances of songs such as Good Years and Crush Times (both come with taut and fraught grooves coincidentally reminiscent of The Invisible) to some extent support this pigeonholing.
Reviver is a potent reminder of just how far Callers have come since their eloquently simple debut Fortune, and of how much the band have refined and expanded their intriguing fusion of jazz, soul, folk, and indie rock. Their second album, Life of Love, was inspired by and built around their radical reinterpretation of Wire's "Heartbeat"; while that initially seemed like a strange cover choice for the band, in retrospect it feels like the blueprint for everything that came after it. The intellectual streak that lurked in "Heartbeat" and the rest of Life of Love comes to the fore on Reviver, and Callers take it in even wider-ranging and often more thrilling directions.
New York band Callers have found their sound with their latest album, Reviver. As the third studio album from the band, Reviver shows the true growth that has occurred since their debut album, Fortune. Some of the strongest points of their new release have to be the perfect transitions between each song on the album. Not even for one second does it sound like a track does not belong on Reviver.
For one moment, Revival, the third studio release by Brooklyn duo Callers, gets it just right. Second track “Heroes” is not only the best thing on the album. It’s also one of the best pop songs of 2012, one that’ll sadly be overlooked. Over a spare guitar line and minimalist drumbeat, vocalist Sara Lucas sings with an incredible beauty and power.