Fly off the branch and plunge into the watery depths on the Hadal EP. Kyle Merriman and Evan Davis pour vocals, guitars and passion into an oceanic mix retained by Peter Wanca and Caleb Gregory's rhythm section. Together they build a bond of power from the post core and gears grounded into guitar chord mathematics that also give you their acoustic side mirrors with a closing tribute to, um, Drake. So secure your headphones, receivers, audio players and scuba diving gear, as we venture down into Hadal's abyss of alternative architecture brought from the Southern schools of rock synergy.
Opener “Father Adder” sends an army of sea snakes down into the guitar glistened dark glow of the ocean's bottomless deep end. The fins, scales and sails are Kyle and Evan's guitars with Caleb and Peter's rudder and motrik wooden water paddles as they wade through the oil slicked viscosity of “A Moving Swamp”. The particulars of disconnection get swept into the undertow of high tide swells on “Stairs-Stares” that sounds off on sending frustrations out to the sea's gaze of contemplative thought. On the less than one minute interlude of “Lamia (Lakeside)”, Nest brings in seabound Greek mythology to their waterside party before concluding the EP's first portion with the state of stuck, bound and down send off “Hands in a Hole”.
This leaves us in the melody meadow of lullabies on the acoustic renderings of “Father Adder”, to the pensive and pastoral new intimacies uncovered on “Stairs-Stares”. But in the key of taking care, and keeping us in the whirlpool grip of Hadal's tidal edges; we are left with a cover of Drake's “Hold On” to further exhibit the gentle and sensitive side of Nest. All together, the Hadal cycle sews the collected materials of acoustic and electric stringed songs to create a sense of home as much as they embody the iciest, and coldest degrees from well over 10,000 leagues of the sea's unforgiving depth.