While some may view tracks lasting longer than four or five minutes a bit tedious, I find them as tests of comprehensive composition and a maintaining of the listener’s attention. For a song that long to keep the listener from hitting the skip button takes some serious talent and variety, and Elder looks to do that with their new album Omens, where every track is at least 9 minutes long. One look through their discography reveals they’ve made a habit of this, so I look to examine this band’s psychedelic/progressive bouts.
Title track “Omens” is the first of five songs on the record. A solid minute-and-a-half of synth leads into the vocals two minutes in, and a dreamy, jammy part that follows to contribute to the song’s massive length; halfway through the song, there’s no signs of fatigue, and strings transitioning into a delicate, long-winded guitar solo keep things going as the track gets a proper outro.
It’s strange to say, but the “shortest” piece, “In Procession,” clocks in at 9:21. With more synth reminiscent of Yes and Styx, Elder’s influences are wide and many in their sound. Exceptionally riff-y in nature, this track is the most accessible of the five. The last big moment sees a layered hook get more than a minute dedicated to it, deservedly-so.