Label: Rock Action Records Release date: 01/11/10 Link: Myspace Buy: Amazon The first thing to realise about Remember Remember’s celestial new EP RR Scorpii is that is more a short collection of pieces than songs; it is a voiceless, vast and beautiful exploration, brimming with its own sense of energy. In terms of concept and structure, the pieces in RR Scorpii share more in common with that of neoclassicism; the pieces build upon repeated motifs and develop gradually borrowing techniques pioneered by the likes of Steve Reich. The steady drums, guitars and glockenspiel however, keep the sound rooted in contemporary post-rock and shares more in common with Sigur Rós and early Sufjan Stevens. The four pieces here each express a certain amount of longing and thematically remind me of The Winchell Riots’ latest offering ‘Red Square EP’ in their attempt to soundtrack the stars. Opener ‘Lips’ and ‘Get Good’ that immediately follow are similar in timbre with delicate glockenspiel decorating shimmering guitars. The drums are locked into the track tightly and never over exert themselves, but upon listening I couldn’t help but wonder if the pieces were limited in their desire to stay grounded in this way. Remember Remember’s clear fondness for itchy drum lines and quietly exuberant brass passages provide a wonderful sense of sun-drenched space to the pieces but it is hard not to wonder to what corner of the night they may have ventured had the influences been more like that of múm rather than that of Sufjan Stevens. ‘Lips’ and ‘Get Good’ are, for all their well-arranged beauty are the two weakest pieces on RR Scorpii and that should give you an idea as to the strength of the closing two. Third track ‘Aria’ is a relatively short, guitar-led piece that seems to act as a bridge from the earlier pieces to the closing ‘Ghost Frequency’. ‘Aria’ is a solemnly stunning arrangement of sustained notes that scratch the air and collide with each other in moments of passing dissonance and resolution and the result is beautiful. ‘Aria’ is all the more dramatic by opting away from grounded drumming and tangible chord progressions. Closing track ‘Ghost Frequency’ is a minimalist piece with numerous motifs fluttering in and out above a tense guitar line. The drums return but the track is far more menacing in its approach in general and the driving drums do nothing to stifle this, only add to the sense of unease. When in full flow ‘Ghost Frequency’ feels like a cross between Explosions in the Sky with the wonderfully reserved feel of Death Can For Cutie’s extended into to ‘I Will Possess Your Heart’. Despite being centred around a seemingly limited number of refrains ‘Ghost Frequency’ never feels its near nine minutes and repeated listens exposes more depth to the track as your ears unearth new patterns and trills. Remember Remember’s RR Scorpii may well be a collection of neoclassical pieces but there is plenty here to appeal to fans of expansive post-rock and although the opening tracks may lack a touch of the emotive expression captured with latter tracks this is a brilliant composed EP well worth delving into. Photobucket