Stream Krill A Distant Fist Unclenching
A Distant Fist Unclenching is Krill’s best work yet, a coming of age for Boston’s second favorite underdogs (after Pile, of course). Their third album sees them digging deeper into the nervous energy they’ve pent up over the years, using it to construct epic tracks that spike and descend with all the rhythm of a haywire heart monitor. “Torturer,” “Foot,” and the massive “Tiger” only scratch the surface of the genius of the record. It’s a little less immediate than its predecessor, Lucky Leaves, but it’ll worm its way under your skin in a way that album never could. Take the one-two denouement of “Brain Problem” and “It Ends.” The former is probably my favorite Krill track to date, a naked and vulnerable consideration of mental illness: “God grant me strength to know what is a brain problem, and what is just me.” And “It Ends” brings everything home in a satisfying, cathartic caterwaul. Both songs are given time to breathe, develop, expand, and (most importantly) let loose in a way that the band has rarely done before. A Distant Fist Unclenching is a momentous achievement, one that will hopefully lead to Krill getting their proper due. Krill, Krill, Krill forever, right? Listen to the whole thing below.