Collisions





Knowing that their roots come from Texas, perhaps this is why I have always felt such a strong connection to Calla. After following this trio for several years, it has been amazing to watch these guys grow and refine their craft. Formed as The Factory Press in the mid-90s, the group relocated to NYC, shifted members around a bit and changed their name. Chris Zane produced their newly released fourth full-length album, Collisions. Calla fans should be familiar with Zane's work, as he also produced their previous album, Televise. The basic building blocks of their dramatic dark rock sound have not changed up much, but rather have just turned it up a notch. Frontman Aurelio Valle's murmured vocals that lurked in the shadows in the past have been given more strength. The songs have more intensity and structure this time round as well. A prime example of this is found on "Swagger", which could have easily fit on on the Walkmen's Bows And Arrows. This doesn't mean that the band has abandoned their echo-laden whispered roots, which pop up on "This Better Go As Planned." There is a slight element of pop to Calla's newer material. Tracks such as "This Better Go As Planned" and "It Dawned On Me" are some of the catchiest songs in the band's history. Saving the best for last, the dark, lush rock comes to a peak on the closing track, "Overshadowed." Capturing all of the elements that make this NYC trio so damn good, it allows for Valle to begin with a moan and end with a wall of feedback-soaked noise that would make Sonic Youth proud. I have to give Calla credit, as they have continued to improve on their sound with each album they release. Could this be their breakthrough album? With Collisions, one of NYC's best-kept secrets could finally receive the attention they deserve. Well done.

Calla
Beggars Group

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