LeMaster is responsible for most of the sounds on Fall Back Open, but he is occasionally buoyed by the ladies of Azure Ray, another band that splits time between Athens and Omaha. More notably, Athens' own musical ambassador (and sometime-musician) Michael Stipe sings some nice backup vocals on "Antidote."
The album deals in part with human interactions and how anonymity (in the dark of a club or by masquerading in a chat room) has altered our perceptions of intimacy. It may sound dystopian and hopeless, but on the opener, "Wait in a Line," the anticipation of the dance club's communal gyrations might have you reaching for your black eyeliner and leather slacks. For those of you still buying My Bloody Valentine vinyl reissues or Cure B-side collections, Now It's Overhead serves as a nice, modern update of those gloomy atmospheric forebears.
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