Unheard Ones: Unheard Ones
Though it clocks in at less than 10 minutes, the self-titled EP by the now defunct Unheard Ones (on now defunct Hat Factory Records) is packed with more emotion than most bands could muster in an hour-long disc. The CD gets started right with the two-and-a-half-minute "Eight Minute Absolution," a noisy posthardcore tune that recalls the blistering dynamics of Circus Lupus. The second track, "Bermuda Triangle," slows things down but doesn't hold back on the feeling. Just the right amount of dissonance bleeds into the sweetly painful chorus, much as it would on a standout tune from the Karl Hendricks Trio. The final two tracks mirror the rhythm of the first two--always heartfelt while shifting between the rough and the bittersweet. A beautifully orchestrated, fleeting ménage à trois of feeling, force, and fragility, this EP is something to savor.