Summer, Hither comes in at just 18 seconds past the 19 minute mark and contains only 5 songs. The title track opens the album with a very “The Coral” intro that features haunting vocal harmonies and the folk backbone that the band is derived from. Either I’m writing too much into it or this is a brilliant opening track that reminds me of Alice Through The Looking Glass, sort of. Maybe a nap in a sunny place and a dream so memorable it would inspire 5 guys to create an album filled with a whole lot of beauty as well as a bit of darkness to put the entirety of what your about to hear in contrast. Is this a continuation of Higgin's concept work with his novel The Emblem & The Lantern or is this some new adventure. Either way his previous work has me diving deeper into the meaning of this short little EP and that has kept me interested.
The overall sound of the album is very crisp and well put together. Each instrument is given its own corner of the album to be heard and the vocals are simply amazing coming in somewhere between the complex harmonies of Queen and the easy going unified voice of say The Eagles. Poetic, organic sounding, and beautiful woven sound makes this a must hear. Enjoy.