The latest EP from the Nashville group Courtesy Drop may be called Stabilize, but it’s characterized by an overwhelming sense of instability. Guitars rocket and roar, and songs build to big, violent crescendos. Opener “The Eighth Gate” is the perfect example. The song starts quiet and tense, but erupts one minute in, frontman Paul Chalos sighing, “strength is what I seek” as the riffs tense and release behind him. In the awesomely-titled “Beauty is in the Eyes of the Imperfect,” Chalos wails “How did I get so obsessed with flaw?” into empty space, guitars streaking softly like shooting stars behind him. The whole EP is terrifically tumultuous — inner agony writ in bold strokes.
Courtesy Drop’s Stabilize is available for pre-order from Animal Style Records.