You can float and revel wonderfully in the new artrock sounds on "Lizard King, the debut of The August. The moods oscillate between calmness and melancholy. Even when things get a little harder and more aggressive, open melodies create a positive mood. The best example of this is the closing minutes in the concluding "847". Until then, the Aschaffenburg quintet glides elegantly through ten tracks and 51 minutes of playing, lets the piano bounce playfully, the vocals gently glide along and the guitars appear very calm, only to pile them up into walls of guitars. With all this playing with sound and silence, The August never loses its harmonies and sense of beauty. Sometimes the music invites you to dream, or pours out in epic breadth. One or two corners and edges wouldn't have been bad. But there's still time. The other direction, the complete reduction to a few sounds, is already perfect for the band. You don't hear "Lizard King" say her roots are in post-hardcore.
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