By Floco Torres
There’s something to be said for letting your work speak for itself. There’s a time and place for your braggadocious side to show, but more times than not it isn’t needed. As far as I’ve seen, Posture has every right to demand attention to the work he’s putting out, but he’s remained calm as if he’s leaning back in a chair knowing you’ll catch on soon. On his new EP “Haunts,” Posture stands tall as if he’s finally tired of waiting on you to be ready.
The inception in that last statement is that these songs were written between Summer 2011 and Winter 2012 about the uncertainty of adulthood and yet, to me he sounds so sure of everything. On his last EP “Exoskeletons,” Posture spoke as the modest and confused guy that’s “just like you” at the end of the day. On “Haunts,” his lyrics are much more sagacious and even though this record isn’t a continuation of the previous one, there’s something to be said for how much living a man could’ve done in a year to sound so content.
The 3 song EP starts with “The Worst Thing I Could Say,” where the opening line is “I know from the start how this night’s gonna end.” What better way can you say “I’m not here for your shit this time around?” He mocks a companion on “Halfway” when he asks “if this is youth what is old age?” and he brilliantly describes the seasons changing to represent being “Home Soon” on the final track. Posture also compliments his lyrics by never over-singing and by mixing in the right amount of reverb at times to get the point across.
The instrumental sections are definitely what kept me engaged throughout. Each song builds up toward the end as if to ensure that if lyrics aren’t your thing, you’re still covered. Sonically, “Haunts” delivers a more polished sound than the previous projects. He’s kept the creation process in-house for the most part tapping Corey Haren for recording and engineering guitar tracks and Nyki Fetterman for additional vocals and design (both contributed to “Exoskeletons”).
My only gripe is that the EP isn’t long enough. I would’ve loved five songs with the remaining two going between “Halfway” and “Home Soon.” At the same time, the flow between the three songs is just fine, and in our ADD-ridden society, my suggestion could be just what pushes a new listener away. Maybe the tracklist was an effort to emulate the artwork: a beautiful scene that you stop and stare at in a moment of gratitude before trudging along. You don’t know it yet, but that moment made your whole day better.
Photos by Ashley Kouri
Artwork by Nyki Fetterman