The Orphan, The Poet – An Exercise in Form EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: May 15, 2012
If The Orphan, The Poet’s preceding EPs have proved anything, it’s that the band is blossoming with talent. Well, what better to cement this fact than to exhibit their sound in an intimate, stripped down atmosphere with an acoustic EP, An Exercise in Form.
Harkening the feel of Deas Vail and even Copeland’s Eat Sleep Repeat-era, the acoustic version of “Sleeping Giants” heightens the skill of vocalist David Eselgroth, with tender female vocals definitely mirroring that of Mindy White’s time in Lydia. More upbeat, “Water Seeker” accents the suave guitar plucking of Eselgroth and Jared Snavely, while the older “To Those Called Icarus” conveys the growth of the band over merely a couple of years.
As expected, the acoustic rendition of “Invincible” is just gorgeous. From the cold opening piano keys to the isolated vocal performance, this track is without question the best piece of music The Orphan, The Poet have every written. Physically chilling and emotionally stirring, all elements of the track – the meek vocal delivery, haunting strings, and omnipresent keys – add to the puzzle to create a true masterpiece.
Clearly, The Orphan, The Poet know what they are doing. Releasing two stellar EPs and now a lovley acoustic EP, the guys aren’t in any mood to slow down. This EP is an exercise in beauty, and here’s to hoping to a full length from The Orphan, The Poet later this year. Until then, turn out the lights and put on “Invincible” and just let everything go – because that’s what this EP does.