San Francisco mind-openers The Green Door released a taste of their album to come with the Wolf In The Fold EP and their blend of western influences and psychedelic drive creates a package of tracks that finds unity in its uniqueness.
Within the six songs there are recurrent themes of geography and hauntings. The western touches often come with the southern sound of an organ (“Wolf in the Fold” and “Back to Houston” are examples) but are never heavy-handed. In “Back to Houston”, the organ hangs out behind — a presence in the back of the room. The music also spends time walking the line of chaos, just enough to push at the edges of your mind. “Rivers” is a vocal cavalcade of chanting that becomes immense, despite being less than a minute long.
Some of The Green Door’s strongest moments come when they push not only along your mind, but when genres — particularly the genres of the past — are tilted at. “You Won’t Hear That Anymore” finds strength in the shoegaze blurriness of the meandering guitar and the slow melody. The shifting cinematic nature of “Borderland” feels expertly woven — the vocal focus a wise choice to bring in that haunted presence.
If Wolf In The Fold is an introduction to The Green Door, consider my mind opened and ready for more.
The Green Door will be holding an album release party on December 15th in San Francisco. To hear more from The Green Door, check out their website, SoundCloud, and Facebook page. You can also follow the band on Twitter.