Bandcamp find: Elder

I haven’t heard much about Elder in the past, but with their new release, Reflections of a Floating World, I start seeing more and more raving reviews. Listening to all of their albums on Bandcamp, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of them until now, but also very happy I could now understand what the glowing reviews were going on about.┬áComing from most doom and even psychedelic rock, I would say Elder sits comfortably in the middle, with perhaps a sprinkle of progressive rock. Think of The Sword, but with a bit more consistency. While I could have purchased their newest release and started there, as I tend to do with most bands I discover, for some reason I liked the initial listen of Lore the best, so that’s what I’ve had playing in the car for most of the past two weeks. There’s not too much I don’t like about Elder, save for the vocals. First off, they’re mixed really low so I can’t hear nor understand what’s being sung. Also, they’re very short snippets; Elder songs are definitely not based around the lyrics. So why even have them at all? Other than this criticism, I’ve really enjoyed listening to Lore, and I plan to purchase the other albums before too long.