Recording-wise, The Greening has always sought to combine as many styles as possible in collagist fashion. As can be heard on their first three albums, After Shoal Parlor, The Last Tibetan Midnight and Eon v. Aeon, the variety of stylings take the listener across a landscape of music history, landing them squarely in the twilight of music the world is waking up to. The familiar is there to be heard, but in a way that is neither nostalgic nor retro. Singles like “Don’t Have The Time,” “Dualk” and “Leningrad (Slips and Knots)” sparkle with unexpected bridges, crisp, three part vocal harmonies, and jigsaw puzzle arrangements.
With their upcoming 2016 release, simply titled The Greening, the band has come full circle. Self-titled because it feels like a real series of firsts (first album mixed by mixing maestro Steve Wall, first album where their execution matches their ambition, first album made with what they consider to be the definitive line-up of Karl Meischen, Will Loving, Nick Tatro and Adam Pallin), the album is their most energetic, tight album yet. Preceded by new singles “Unifier” and “Vaporizer,” as well as the “Unifier” video described by rock writer Nicholas Schneider as a “brain scrambling masterpiece you won’t soon forget,” The Greening promises to be the band’s breakthrough release and definitive album.