On Wait a Minute Here: “If you’re not captivated by this song, then I don’t know how you can ever claim to have been in love and possess a heart.” and… “it brings such a strong longing sense that it’s hard to properly compare it to something else. The simplicity of it adds such an epic feeling to the song. You might ask how is such possible. It’s simple, really, the fact that it feels so bare bones is how it fuels the “just out of reach” sensation of the song that the lyrics bring.”
On Subtlety is Underrated: “[Ellquist’s] timeless voice is the venom that takes you under after you’ve let your guard down from the music underneath it. She sings from a place that isn’t just lost in most singers of today, it’s become completely uncharted and only the brave dare to venture there.”
On Close Down The Woods: “… it’s beyond breathtaking… It all goes together like finely tuned instruments in the San Francisco Symphony. But, all the glory isn’t Sarah’s alone, the music the band provides makes her voice that much more intoxicating . . . that much more alluring . . . and that much more enticing.”
On Slow Motion: “[Ellquist] leaps to heights that you don’t hear female vocalists aim in either Indie Rock or even R&B much in today’s music.” …”[Phillips’]timing is perfect[on percussion]. His tempo is excellent. His execution is one for the books.”
On Tasteless: “…the music of this track is big. Broadway big, baby. With such a high standard set by the band, you know that Ms. Sarah Ellquist has to match their magic. Matches it she does. To be fair and honest, I haven’t heard a female belt out such powerful blasts on a studio song since the mid-90’s. Yes, I know that some of the current artists can sing with such passion and intensity, but you rarely see them performing such on their studio records. This band doesn’t play for the radio, they play for the love of the music.”
Stay tuned for more reviews coming soon!
** Robotanists’ “CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS” – Available now at Big Cartel and on iTunes and the web in December!