With reference points including Ugly Organ-era Cursive, Interpol and the cinematic scores of Danny Elfman, Chicago's Butterfly Assassins pen dramatic pop tunes that, despite the complexity of their arrangements, remain perfectly in control even when teetering on the edge of madness. Silvia, the band's Old Flame Records debut, relies heavily on lush instrumentation via cello and verbed-out piano without robbing Brian Trahan's powerful pipes and well-executed vibrato of their due respect. Although the addition of strings and keys is nothing new in this post-Arcade Fire "more is more" indie climate, these instruments tend to add a sinister quality to the group rather than upping its pretty quotient. As the band's name would imply, it would rather murder the butterfly than revel in its beauty.
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