From the warm piano that opens the album on the title track, to the end of the final song, “Let It Fall,” Blinker the Star’s We Draw Lines takes the listener on a sonic road trip in the blazing sunshine. The album is a collection of sounds that mix together in an unexpected manner to produce many highlights, especially in the case of standout tracks such as “Subtle Days,” which features many rich harmonies. The surrealism of the album’s jacket is evoked on “The Doctor,” with its guitar lines almost drowning out the vocals to produce a hazy dream of a song. The band produces an impressive cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” that takes the original’s icy template and alters it substantially to be enjoyed without unwelcome comparison to the original. There is also joy to be found in the short and sweet “Brain,” or in the quiet, piano-driven album closer “Let It Fall.” This final track builds to a satisfying conclusion as the drums kick in halfway along with the sweeping violin and vocals shrouded in mystery. We Draw Lines is an album worth revisiting many times over.
(Nile River Records, no address provided)