Summersault

Resemblances

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The eight-track debut from Michigan's Summersault opens with piano and viola on "Silver Days" before the seamless transition into the drums and guitar of the second track, "Pastels." Almost immediately, the carefully crafted instrumentals by guitarists Brian McFarlane and Jordan Schietinger, drummer Jason Caminsky, and bassist RJ Smulsky display a refined focus and charm, each song standing out on its own merits. While "Where Summer Keeps Its Secrets" begins as one of the most eloquently beautiful epics of the disc, it soon unravels into a resounding fury of sound before sputtering to a close. Again, the seamless transition into the fifth track, "There From Now," demonstrates the band's intent to present Resemblances as one musical piece. With some of the most mellow ambient tones this side of Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Summersault's musical attack continues on the graceful "Minor Parade" and the bright "Photographs of Small Hours," before ending with the all-too-brief, experimental "Rabbit in a Straw Hat." With Rawuel Laneri guesting on viola, Ben Schneider adding texture to some tracks on double bass, and cellist Andy Barnhardt and percussionist Mike List joining the frenzy as well, the Summersault collective rejoiced in a communal musical spirit on Resemblances. And it shows, showcasing a musical maturity beyond the band's average age. The disc was recorded in June 2002 with Scott Allen at Michigan's Our Leisure Studios. Soon after the recording session, Allen joined Summersault as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Suburban Sprawl Records released Resemblances in November 2002.

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