on October 6, 2003
Having a sort-of tie with the band (my brother went to college with lead singer, Alex Tween [or Ecco Teres, as he'd like to be called whilest recording/on stage] and still remains friends with him to this day), I've known these songs forever. I downloaded all these songs off their website, back when they were Icarus, and eventually got a copy of this album, which are the same songs, formally from the website at the beginning, recorded with Steve Albini (yes, former Big Black Frontman/Low, Nirvana, Bush, and countless other indie act producer Steve Albini).
Having listened to these songs over and over again for the last 3 years (which are 18 minutes in total, by the way) I've gotten to know them quite well. And I've yet to tired of them.
"Stravinsky" is one of the greats, with an incredible little piano part that sounds throughout the song and a 5/5 time signature. "Sunday" (A continuation/tribute to The Promise Ring's "Saturday", which itself was a continuation/tribute to Sunny Day Real Estate's "Friday") is also an incredible piece
The short length and original mixture of shoegazing, angular riffs, and spazcore makes this alternately dreamy/rockin' album go by like one big blur of a song.
It takes a few listens and some patience, but it's well worth your time and effort to pick apart these short bursts of music.
Also check out more of the releases on Three Spheres (Alex's own little Brooklyn, NY based label of incredible, like-minded indie bands) such as Math Of Birds (whose 4 song, first & last EP release is very similar to the Forms sound), A Hundred Thousand (a Ghosts And Vodka style instrumental indie outfit who rock) and the Desert Fathers (whose recently released album "The Spirituality" is absolutely incredible, and can also be found on Amazon.com as well).
on January 24, 2004
i bought this album because i liked the cover art, and i haven't stopped listening to it. it takes everything i like about indie rock, distills everything i don't like about it, and then throws in some new innovations of its own (song structures, rhythms). the recording is spectacular (obviously steve albini gets some credit for that), and the singer is great. this album is only 20 minutes long, but i don't think it needs to be any longer. more records should be this length, scrapping the bad songs so people don't have to skip over them. all in all, a great record.
on June 19, 2003
Believe all of the excitement generated by this release, the countless cooing reviews and word of mouth are not to fall on deaf ears. This is music at it's best, three ordinary men who have the power to play from their guts and make you feel it in yours. A true return to the vehemence of smaller bands who do what popular "musicians" of today could not even fathom. Get this record and pay attention to The Forms for they deserve it.
on June 8, 2003
If you don't like music(meaning you listen to radio bands) don't buy this album. If you are a true music fan, and you know who you are, get this. If you don't like it at first, then listen to it over and over again, you should like it after the second or third time through. You will love this album!!