Like a mysterious soundtrack with a strangeness that only instrumental bands seem to achieve, My Education further contributes to its space-rock collection with its latest, Bad Vibrations. Displaying both subtle melodies and melancholic chaos, the album delivers unexpected electricity through points of climactic instrumentation.
Emerging from Austin, Texas, the trio-turned-sextet easily stands apart from other non-vocal artists. The first track, “This Old House,” delivers an eerie undertone with a quiet, increasing suspension. Embodying the idea of an abandoned abode, subtle raindrops augment the sense of loneliness before the song careens into heavier, more rapid rhythms. Finally, the track settles into calm, barely audible strumming before concluding with an airy vibration.
Aside from sounding somewhat psychedelic throughout the album’s initial track, My Education achieves profound beauty in sections, like the beginning notes of “Arch.” Here you can imagine an older woman rocking in a wooden chair, or the solemn stride of a solitary soul walking through crowded streets.
While the band dabbles in diverse genres, it’s refreshing to hear them slip in certain oddities without sounding overwhelmingly weird.
My Education plays with Wartime Blues and DJ Mermaid at the Badlander Tuesday, July 15, at 9 PM. $5.