There’s a great deal to be said for maturity in matters of music and Hungary’s Anton Vezuv show all the signs of such maturity within the six song bounds of their “Lay Low Butterfly” EP and that, alone, should endear them to fans of intelligent European post-rock.
Istvan Gyulai, true to his past form, pours enough downbeat poetry into his lyrics to physically move clouds in front of the sun yet this collection of songs is never actually depressing. The musical support provided by the rest of the musicians helps enormously here with the guitarist, credited here as Csé, demonstrating a stylistic literacy that is nothing less than refreshing in these days of three chord re-invention.
The songs have strength too. The kind of strength that Snow Patrol had back in the days when they were cool. “Like A Broken Heart”, for example, maxes out the melancholy and, even though decorated with the saddest of trumpets, actually becomes uplifting. I’d even say spiritual but it isn’t Sunday yet. “I’m A Mooch” shows a similar sense of purpose before taking a right turn into a gloriously theatrical guitar solo and becoming a true song of the soul. “God Knows”, in comparison seems almost casual with its psych pop influences worn openly to show that time can change and stay the same simultaneously.
“Lay Low Butterfly”, therefore, is a work of maturity and discerning ears will find much to admire here and that makes Anton Vezuv a band very worthy of your attention.
This EP is available from Bandcamp.