“Stray Dogs create a digital tribalism with their impassioned “And The Days Began To Walk”. Rhythms are nimble, crisp, and precise. The overall album teems with a tense energy as the multi-faceted percussion is layered quite heavily. Attention to detail is meticulous as everything comes together in a swirling sea of sound. Melody exists throughout the album though in understated, fragmented ways. Over the course of the album the way each piece plays off of the last is quite satisfying.
Tactile to its core is the wonderful “Phaeton”. How sets up the arrangement feels masterful. Development occurs in a myriad number of ways from the hovering drone in the background to the way that the sounds come together to create a full ecosystem of complicated, intricate textures. Minimal to its very core is the physicality of “Lethe”. Keeping things very stripped down the way the song reverberates brings together the real and the synthesized in a lovely way. Even more direct is the forceful “Tokoroa”. By far the highlight of the album is the eerie mysticism of “Pluvier”. On this piece the sounds soar into the sky as the physicality of the beat enforces this otherworldly spirit. Industrial-edged is the aggression distortion of “Beacons” where Stray Dogs forgo any rhythm. Nearly celebratory in tone is the album closer “Sour Vanilla”.
Without peer, Stray Dogs presents a gripping raw sound with “And The Days Began To Walk”.”