Release the Sounds: 'There is No Enemy,' Built to Spill
In fact, you can tell that the band themselves are re-examining their own past circa '97 with much of the work done on this album; three years in the making. Borrowing brush strokes from their landmark albums Perfect From Now On and Keep It Like a Secret, this iconic indie rock outfit has bent and stretched the parameters of their layered guitar sound as well as the nasally howl of front man Doug Martsch with a sage-like use of restraint and explosion on tracks like "Oh Yeah" and "Good Ol' Boredom". Not to mention the catchy guitar delays of album opener "Aisle 13".
As is customary with many BTS releases, notes of multi-instrumentalist presence bring a refreshing stab of brilliance to the album's atmospheric moments. Note the squealing trumpet that slices through the starry guitar-driven sprawl of "Things Fall Apart". The album ends with a look to the future on the song "Tomorrow," as Martsch's lilting "la la la" sends us off with the hope of many inspiring days (and Built to Spill albums) to come.