Who Knows Where We Are

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Chicago's Tekulvi is a four-piece band making sonically variant rock songs featuring slow but intense buildups. Originally recorded and released by the band itself, Who Knows Where We Are is an impressive debut that seems to be exactly what the group was aiming for on its initial outing. The bandmembers incorporate the slightly tired approach of starting off with a whisper and heading toward a bang, but it's done with so much energy and clarity that it really is forgivable. Much like the band's peers in Tristeza, Tekulvi slithers through some barren and often instrumental passages, though some vocals -- actually pretty low in the mix and probably unnecessary -- are included. Tekulvi seems to wait until the songs actually become a bit tiresome before inevitably ushering in the rock, cruising into the changes with an inspired attack of guitars and drums. Tracks like "Waiting" and "Pop Culture" see the dynamic modifications work with results to be proud of, though there are a few experiments that just don't flesh out. When the band focuses on a single facet of its sound for way too long, things start to sound the same, though it is still a fine sound that Tekulvi tends to dwell on. The record is a substantial debut and, though it could sound a bit better, it still has enough positive qualities to make the overall experience an inspired and rocking effort.

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