Eisleyâ€™s last full-length album, 2011â€™s The Valley, juxtaposed the bandâ€™s melodic style with tales of personal heartbreak. For a follow-up, they have gone whimsical and atmospheric. The contrast is surprising, but reassuring, like these siblings (and a cousin) have learned to rebuild a world of their own and believe in fairytales again.
As the title of the record suggests, many of the songs involve elements of water. â€œCurrentsâ€ features hypnotic riffs that sound as though they could have been created underwater, and the piano-driven â€œBlue Fishâ€ uses the metaphor of being baited for seduction. â€œDrink the Waterâ€ seems to be from the perspective of a siren, charming a boy and stealing him out to sea.
Thereâ€™s comfort to be had in this dream world of the bandâ€™s creation. As the track â€œReal Worldâ€ suggests, â€œI wonâ€™t stand a chance in the real world.â€ â€œWicked Childâ€ invokes the lore of Poseidon to describe the feeling of being tempted and then left behind. This track in particular sticks out since it features Merriment, a band comprised of Christie and Collin DuPree, who are siblings/cousins to Eisley.
Overall, Currents evokes a sense of being lost, but wanting to wander along the path of imagination for a while. Itâ€™s a beautiful, haunting indulgence and the right move for a talented band.