As one of the most epic math rock bands over the recent years, toe certainly do not need to change style with each release in order to prove themselves. They only do what they like to do and do it best. It’s hard to put out a record that picks up where you left off 3 years ago without feeling pressured, isn’t it? The band did it anyway with their latest EP “Our Latest Number” and gosh, it still sounds majestic.
“Dual Harmonics” is effortlessly ingenious. The main chords sounds a bit exotic, as the name suggests, almost gypsy-like. It’s restrained but still sees joy flow through the notes. It could be repetitive, but not boring, especially during the second half. The enhanced volume brings the wave of sentiment towards the surface, brushing away all the insignificances.
Toe’s last full album “Hear You” was a turning point for the band at the time with more vocals involved. With this latest EP, we hear the same elements heavily used in the second song, “The Latest Number”. The singing is closer to low intonation, which blends in with the artfully articulated guitar chords and almost is lost in the stream of lighthearted rhythms, like when a sugar cube disappears in your coffee. It’s peaceful. It’s tranquil.
Watch the official music video of “The Last Number” below and make sure you watch till the end of it.
At song number three, this record finally builds up towards the climax. “Etude of Solitude” tunes down the mildness and escalates the elasticity. The drums are precise as usual but the most impressive part is the strong, sexy riffs which both start and end the song. It’s not just foot-tapping. It sticks in my head all day and wouldn’t go away.
The last song is where everything precipitates. The sliding thunder sound effect at the beginning adds to the sense of magnitude, expanding the somewhat linear quality of this piece. Sharpened by the neatly arranged drumbeats and echoing with the softly gliding piano, the emotion is carefully wrapped in a scabbard made of a warm yet melancholic tune.This is the kind of song that you need to listen to alone. In fact, all songs of toe should be listened to alone, unless of course you’re at their show. In that instance, you’ve found your silent companions.
Toe will be touring 12 cities in North America including New York City, Toronto and Los Angeles in September. Check out the full list below and find your city.
9/7 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
9/8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
9/9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
9/10 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
9/12 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
9/13 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
9/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
9/17 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
9/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
9/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
9/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
9/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater