Philadelphia lo-fi folk outfit Geology quietly released their album Healers this past spring. Fronted by the former bassist of Philly art-punk group mewithoutYou, Greg Jehanian called Healers a work in progress upon its initial release, and promised that more music would soon be added to the LP. On October 18th that promise was fulfilled: three new songs were added to the album — “[Refracted Light],” “The Smallest Fire” and “Who Among You?” — and that this final product is available for free download via Bandcamp.
Though Healers is not without its share of uptempo moments, Geology’s music is becoming progressively softer in the sense that they are straying away from their original niche in the indie-folk scene. More specifically, Healers doesn’t feature any of the more obvious elements of folk music like the banjo and reverberant vocals that can be found on Geology’s sophomore release Three Birds. Opening track “The River, Pt. 2” is a tranquil mid-tempo affair with vocals reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. Jehanian’s voice lean towards the more timid style of singing that Gibbard favors for his work with The Postal Service.
The apex of this record lies with the twin tracks “[Refracted Light]” and “[Scattered Light].” The complementing concepts are beautiful on their own, but the content of the songs is just as thought inducing as the latter. Both of these songs seamlessly blend lo-fi vocals and ambient instrumental arrangements that create a perfect mini-soundtrack for all of those people out there that like to drive around while contemplating big decisions. “Who Among You?” features soaring vocals and weightless guitar that highlight Jehanian’s prodding vocals that ask questions like “Who among you knows where your life ends? / Where you’re going to?” Jehanian’s voice acts as an anchor to reality as listeners take on this dreamy existential record.
Listen to Healers below and pick up tickets here to their first show in Philly at Boot and Saddle with Eliza Hardy Jones on Saturday, December 10th.
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