The band have created a self-contained suite on the relatively brief Alta Falls, opening with the soundscape-y "Oscilla," closing with the meditative, reflective "May 4" and leaving the meatier songs for the middle part.
The EP gives a softer and stiller impression than the album, but they're related. "Burn Card" has its counterpart in Sleeping Operator highlight "Even The Darkness Has Arms" (the new song, with a similar guitar part and not dissimilar verse melody, sounds like it could be an answer to it); meanwhile, the EP's soulful title track, opening softly over blocks of piano chords, looks way back to a bygone summer day with drums emulating slowly crashing waves. We get some tasty slide guitar (along with uncharacteristically gravely vocals) on midtempo chugger "Never Been A Captain," which arrives at a sustained two-chord gospel part a la "Sister Ray" before breaking up with a touch of pretty acoustic blues (as always, the band takes care with transitions).
That was a nice surprise. Now, where are they hiding the rest? (Independent)