There’s a tension that runs through “Silent Stone,” from Leapling’s forthcoming album Vacant Page. Frontman Dan Arnes’s voice is soft and tender, but the guitars that surround it are barbed and ominous — it’s like a single pink rose in the middle of a field of Venus flytraps. There are hints of post-rock to be sure — witness the fractured-glass guitar solo that arrives around the 2:30 mark — but the song is too complex and knotty and contradictory to allow for easy pigeonholing. “What have I been told?” Arnes repeats forlornly during the song’s bucking finale, “Leave me in the cold.” It’s a beautifully oblique message, set against guitars that are razor-sharp.
Vacant Page will be released on February 10th, but you can pre-order your copy here.
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