GENRE | Lactose-tolerant math rock
LABEL | Unsigned
VERDICT | Gentle and creamy
Milk’s last EP, Contact, was pumped full of Radiohead-esque otherworldly vibes: wavering synth, high-strung vocal runs, anxious drums. Their music explores the territory between punk and acoustic. Aggressive guitar riffs underscore more subdued vocals to create an unease common throughout their tracks. Dipping their toes into calmer waters, “At The Bottom Of The Lake” shows a softer side of Milk.
Tender, warm vocals follow the melody thickly plucked on guitar. A chorus of “oohs” quivers in and out. The ensuing ripple effect of the call and response between voice and guitar adds to the serenity of “At The Bottom Of The Lake.”
Still making their way through the seemingly spoken for Boston scene, Milk runs the risk of falling–and staying–under the radar if they keep things too simple. The song has its commendable aspects: the fluttering guitar lines, the introspective lyrics—“It’s good to be alone.” But it doesn’t have the same impact as Milk’s more aggressive music, which allows them to show off their range of skills more thoroughly. Contact announced that Milk was here, and “At The Bottom Of The Lake” straddles the line of showing that they have the staying power they need.