Okay, Moss Icon - Complete Discography. Though this isn't technically a complete discography as the title suggests since it's missing a good handful of tracks from their demo tape and a few compilations, it's still a vigorous, disjointed, and raw collection of songs from one of the most notable and important bands in post-hardcore and emotive hardcore music.
The songs written by Moss Icon are very dynamic; quickly switching from calm and quiet to screaming in your ear, similar to what groups like Slint and Rodan would do a few years later, and with haunting riffs occasionally reminiscent of Joy Divison. I think one of the best songs they wrote, and a perfect example of their dynamism, is "I'm Back Sleeping, or Fucking, or Something". It opens with a gloomy bassline thumping along to very slack drums while vocalist Jonathan Vance comes in mumbling an abstract introductory verse. We then get some piercing guitar feedback come rushing in as the energy suddenly picks up with Vance screaming and intensely rambling about things like dreaming about a house, guns, and firetrucks. The band then pulls back and is more restrained, but twice as tense as before with feedback swirling around the gloomy bassline. The song continues in this fashion, growing more and more tense with each restraint and eventually closes with the composition essentially coming apart at the seams.
This is a really great compilation of tracks, and Moss Icon is essential listening for anyone who's into early emo and post-hardcore. While I do enjoy this release, I would prefer to listen to the original records on their own in their original track listing and unedited states.
Would recommend, and will definitely listen again since an EP of theirs is already on my iPod. Good stuff.