For fans of the epic and the serious, the progressive and the ever-further-reaching in music, Digital Antique offer instrumental, string section-infused indie rock that leans heavy on the ethereal beauty of it all, and not so much on the usual self-absorbed excess we're used to when approached with the term 'prog'. With their new disc "II" sporting an average song length of 3-4 minutes, this is certainly a collective who know how to trim the fat.
Made up of Travis Kennedy on guitar, James Parker Randolph on bass, Payton Holekamp on drums, Dixie Yoder on viola, Joseph Shuffield and Annette Franzen on violin duties, and an alternating cast on cello, the first thing to strike me about this band was the lack of emphasis on simply "heavy sounds". Instead, the music on tracks such as "NG" and "Cali" are such that listeners of everything from classical to indie should find something to enjoy here. It may not be the most hardhitting instrumental album you're likely to hear in 2012, but there's a good chance it will be the most powerful.
Recommended for fans of: Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Sigur Ros and Beirut.
Check out their album preview below and pick up "II" on August 24.