Long Island-based BTW As Tall As Lions took a step up with last year’s self-titled LP, a swirling modern-rock document that stands tall amongst its heart-on-a-sleeve, lush-hooked peers — bringing shrewder melodies, better time signature shifts, and smarter recording studio partners (Pixies’ engineer/mixer Steven Haigler joined last time). After a year crafting vids and supporting the record, ATAL ready one more mini-collection of tunes — the digital only EP The Flood — before working on the next full-length. They’re up to some familiar tricks, hitting with a soaring vocals and a sweet six-bar to four-bar verse thing happening. Formal wear mandatory, glasses optional.
The five-track The Flood digital EP is out 11/29 on Triple Crown/East West. Bonus fun: Grab MP3 of As Tall As Lions standout “Ghost Of York,” and chase that with live vid of “Be Here Now,” shot at Highline Ballroom.