Cue, Friday, April 22 at Emo's

Release me

Texas Platters

Emo's

Friday, April 22

Cue

Bring Back My Love (Earth Gets Back)

Only the tightest instrumentalists elicit a Pavlovian response from their audience – a cocked head of incomprehension. Something's being said, but what? Jazz is explicit, but skillful post-rock embodies enigma. The melancholic mystery of Bring Back My Love manages both. The combination of Clarke Dominick's keyboards and Stacy Meshbane's violin cutting through the local quartet's dense rock ballast immediately sets Cue apart from the instrumental fallout in the wake of Explosions in the Sky. They're Austin's Dirty Three, only solar-powered, not shadow-driven. The quarry cutter breaks from "The Sun Has Risen Twice Today," Meshbane stabbing at Jason Brister's taunting drum beat, dance the assassination tango. The free-flight migration of "Every Wing All at Once" matches the plucked twilight of "The End of the Rule of Nostalgia," which steps onto a piano plateau of sparring beats and the rising waters of guitarist Colin Swietek's burst dam. Meanwhile, the epic palace coup of "Thulsa Doom" is nearly swept asunder by the 13-minute tidal sweep of "Granny Suite." Each track stands alone, which makes the titanic voyage of Bring Back My Love slightly choppy in places, but the overall effect is one of, if not a perfect storm, then the white noise tempest whose rain-weighted clouds beg you to release their outpour.

***.5

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Top 10 Box Sets of 2018
Brian Eno
Music for Installations (Record Review)

Dan Gentile, Dec. 7, 2018

Texas Platters
Jeffrey Zeigler/Golden Hornet
The Sound of Science (Record Review)

Jeremy Steinberger, Nov. 30, 2018

More by Raoul Hernandez
Church of Misery's Doom-Boogie Bounces Back From a Mutiny
Church of Misery's Doom-Boogie Bounces Back From a Mutiny
The serial killer-obsessed fourpiece comes to Austin Terror Fest

June 7, 2019

Judas Priest Slam Dunks First Night at ACL Live
Judas Priest Slam Dunks First Night at ACL Live
British steelers ram it down in one fell swoop. Tonight follows!

May 29, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Cue

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle