In contrast to the terse, poppy single "Kintsukuroi," the album's other 11 tracks regularly stretch past the five-minute mark and opt for slow builds instead of traditional song structures. And they rarely misstep, instead offering a long list of memorable moments: the Paul Simon-like vocals in the chorus of opener "Soft Offering (for the Oft Suffering)," the time signature-defying outro of "Dream," or the raw, spontaneous beauty of the heartbreaking closer, "Trish's Song." Baker's lyrics depict similarly striking images — "A tender tailor came and pushed a thread through each of us," he sings on the slow-burning "What Arrows." Many of the songs are unmistakable gems, but it's hard to say if any of them will have the same sentimental staying power of, say, Seeds' "Bandages." Perhaps that's a question best answered once we've spent years listening to Second Sight in anticipation of Hey Rosetta!'s next sonic offering.
Read our recent interview with Hey Rosetta!'s Tim Baker here. (Sonic/Warner)