Label: Kscope Release date: 04/10/10 Link: Engineer's myspace It's strange how sometimes an artist that has had nothing to do with a film, still somehow manages to convey the feelings of said film in their music. Since I heard them for the first time in their self-titled album, Engineers make me think about Vanilla Sky. Their newest album, In Praise Of More, would be a good soundtrack for the second half of the film, when the nasty undercurrent in the lower planes surfaces. A dream can turn into a nightmare and in this case, it's 'To An Evergreen' who serves as the soundtrack for such an undesirable situation. 'What's It's Worth' also has a nasty bite, and the whisper-like voices sound more like a threat than a hushed prayer. And that's the opener for In Praise Of More! Sometimes, you just want a song to be longer, to give it more time to breathe. This is my problem with 'Las Vega', a sweet but way-too-short song that feels cut too soon. It could've grown to a good size like 'Subtober', but then again, it's just a minor nitpick. In the subject of 'Subtober', that little electronic interlude is just sheer ambient brilliance. Again, the shoegaze approach is slightly modified, and this change of pace and genre hopping is the main strength that a band like Engineers can flex. That eerie wind intro in 'Nach house' is paired with an ominous piano chord played dissonantly, while some random banter seems to be going in the background. It's a very odd way to end the album, but, as previously stated, their dreamy ways are probably just being swaggered again. Dreams never had a plot, so why start to take the magic away? Dream landscapes and some electronic sensibilities. That's the sound of Engineers in a nutshell. In a way, even if it's their signature sound all over again, Engineers have evolved in a real subtle way, adding a slight edge in every offering. Photobucket