Tracer – Indigenous EP

Indigenous EP

Tracer was formed in 2000, and is made up of Adam Lukas on guitar and vocals, Andy Moir on guitar, Brian Blades on the bass, and Jesse Hozeny on the drums. They produce a very spacey body of sound, a sound that moves in loops, with their rhythm serving as the backbone. The vocals don’t have a British accent, and the band is from Chicago, but there is definitely an over-seas influence apparent in Tracer’s music. The vocals are lazy and often fade into the background, but from time to time they also pop up and force you to pay attention.
Tracer opens their debut EP with the title track “Indigenous” that, according to the band, seems to be garnering the most attention. It starts off slowly then disconnects itself from you with a quick repeating loop of percussion. The drums hold tightly onto the rhythm as the guitar strays. The bass slowly moves alongside the guitar as it plays on a layer opposite the drums. The lyrics are hard to distinguish against the sound, but it still feels as if the emotion of the sound is conveyed. Although “Indigenous” is the radio-play pick, I think “Unbecome” is clearly the best track. It starts slowly and builds momentum gradually in the background. The slower tempo allows for more lucid lyrics. “And if I get through the night / And you are what I find / And if I get through the night / And we are just what we are.” The vocals are softly sung, and midway through the song, they are interrupted by a short blast of energy in the form of a looped hardcore scream.
“Headlights” has a very mellow-ed out, droning feel that barely tries to escape through its four-minute lifespan. The electric guitars are put down in exchange for an acoustic, and the drums are completely omitted from the first few minutes of the track. The keyboard lolls in the background, making itself more apparent about midway through the song, as the drums enter with a marching beat. This makes for a climax of energy in the background, but the vocals don’t take note, singing softly throughout the track. The last track, “Sparrow,” was also noted as a song that received airplay. There is nothing too spectacular about the track, but it does embody the bands sound nicely as a wrap-up to the EP.
So far, I haven’t shown much favor or disfavor towards Tracer. And that is because I am pretty neutral to the music myself. “Unbecome” is a very solid track, but the rest of the songs don’t move me. That doesn’t mean you wont like this music. The drumming is very tight, and the other instruments are played well also. So if that sounds appealing to you, check out Tracer.