by james sowa (JimEWrld) - Oct 01, 2007
Šther - Šthersound
Šther is an indie group hailing from Columbus, OH with three previous releases, all of which are instrumental. Šthersound constitutes the first vocal release for this quartet. It is quite clear from this release why the band was so successful releasing instrumental albums; they can write music. Every song on this CD is epic, and the vocals add a whole new element to their sound. Šther's music is comparable to Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, Explosions in the Sky, and sometimes even Muse.
"Milk" is a great opening track and the most radio-friendly song on the album. This track sounds similar to Abandoned Pools but makes itself unique with several well placed solos and overall excellent guitar work. The lyrics are truly amazing and could rival those of Brand New. The song has a sort of emo feel to it, but that feel makes it so perfect.
The next noteworthy track is "New Sound," which sounds like a club song from the start with some excellent synth. This song has an electronic feel to it, and the vocals fit perfectly with that. It is truly amazing to hear a good synth line and excellent bass riff combined so effectively in the same song. This song is aptly titled because it is definitely a new sound direction for the album, but it fits perfectly.
"Deep Dive" is a sad song, no way around it. From the slow depressing guitars to the way vocals sound like whispers at a funeral, this song sounds sad. However, it is probably the best track off the album. It has perfect lyrics and the feel of the song matches the mood of the album so well. Plus, the chorus is almost unforgettable.
This CD is an excellent vocal debut from a formerly instrumental band and showcases the skill that Šther has. This CD is an indie-rock gem, waiting for the right hands to pick it up.