You might not immediately recognize the name but if you’ve been following extreme, progressive music in the last few years you might have inadvertently been acquainted with Rae Amitay. She’s part of two excellent bands, Immortal Bird and Thrawsunblat and while those two names definitely signify very different styles they both share a propensity for a sort of melancholic wildness that we might be able to at least partially lay at Amitay’s feet. Now, Amitay is gearing up for a release of her own under the name of Errant, channeling that sense of unbridled introspection and energy into a darker, and yet still heavy, vision of her own. Ahead of its release on April 3rd, we are honored to premiere the opening track from the EP, “The Amorphic Burden”.
“The Amorphic Burden” does a fantastic job of introducing us to this EP as it channels many of the themes which are then explored over the next three tracks. The dark, brooding, and slow-tempered opening channels some grunge vibes, especially before the guitars and the vocals arrive. When they do, the blackened timbre’s of Amitay’s vocals operate as a kind of goad, egging the rest of the instrumentation on into a fervor. The guitars stay contemplative though, never bursting into full black metal mode but flirting with a more shoegaze-y, introspective kind of tone, at least for the beginning o the track. Closer to the track’s middle, post-rock/blackgaze tremolo picking, heavy on the delay, coincide with the drums picking up pace into blastbeats, crossing over that black metal threshold almost fully.
The end result of all of this is beautiful, letting Amitay’s vocals take front and center where needed while still allowing the instruments their time to shine on this track and, indeed, the album. The quieter passages work to drive home the idea that this is an introspective and deeply personal release, exploring the rises and falls of mood and temper. The rest of the EP, enabled by its short runtime and compact arrangement, is able to circle around these points without being repetitive, sweet, sad, short and effective.
Errant releases on April 3rd via Manatee Rampage Recordings. Head on over to the Bandcamp page linked above to pre-order it.