This EP is serving as the world’s proper introduction to the force that is Northeast Ohio’s Come Wind. The band’s name serves as an invitation to a power much, much bigger than them to move the band in their compositions as well as the listeners as they experience the music. This might be the most emotional sextet of songs you’ll listen to this year. “Hesitation” kicks off the EP with a tense, slightly panicked riff that will have your full attention on the music from the get-go. Somewhat ironically, this is the most fast-paced tune on the project. “Rend Your Heart” follows with a structure and lyricism that very quickly has become one of the most hauntingly beautiful things I’ve heard all year. It treads subject matter covered many times before (touching on the prodigal son parable), with a Father and son echoing chorus. The song builds to a breaking point that echoes the moment of surrender implied by the lyrics. Nathan Lundquist, a music video director previously interviewed by I AM TUNED UP recently directed the renowned performance video for “Rend Your Heart,” view-able below:
“Sleep” builds on the emotion of “Rend Your Heart”, inviting those astray to rest in the arms of the Father. Nick Sayre acknowledges in earnest that this rest might not be attractive immediately, in the bridge singing “I know this is not what I want but it’s what I need…” “Pockets” and “Steady” serve as dual epics, the former standing out with a repeating theme posing a question of sorts in the instrumentals. “Steady” is the faster paced of the two, and does a good job retaining listeners’ attention while not diminishing its message. “Pockets” also begins just like a Come Now Sleep era As Cities Burn song (not a bad thing at all!). “Cease to Be” celebrates the conclusion of a personal and spiritual transformation, taking on a distinctly joyful vibe and bringing the album’s title to the forefront – the state of the singer’s roots is exactly what it needs to be. “Your roots don’t hold me anymore!”
EP of the year.