I initially reviewed Get Well Soon's first album for Vine a few years ago and genuinely thought it was one of the most original and enjoyable albums I'd heard in quite a while. I only recently discovered they had another one out and belatedly bought it after listening to the free live EP they have available on their website.
I think this too is a tremendous record. Not every song is a masterpiece, but even the lesser tracks surprise you with the odd section of lovely strings or Enio Morricone brass segments.
Because there are so many influences on display here, and because it kind of sounds unlike anything else, it's hard to tell you what it's like without sounding pretentious. So I'll have to be pretentious then. Seneca's Silence reminds me a bit of Placebo, a vaguely industrial sound to it until the female harmonies kick in like something out of a Wagner opera and blow you away. A Voice in the Louvre is just gorgeous. Acoustic guitar and violins and a sort of 'Das Boot' chorus of male voices. Werner Herzog Gets Shot not only has probably the best song title I've ever come across but also a melody that just soars. Other tracks like 5 Steps/7 Swords have anthemic brass sections that bring to mind cold war national anthems. The whole thing has a kind of Germanic feel to it, but it transcends that and pulls it into the twenty first century with references to Radiohead, Pulp, and Bowie along the way.
Why this band isn't more highly regarded than it is is completely beyond me. Honestly, I think they're producing the best music I've heard in years. They deserve to be massive.