“Angel Tech” begins with some ambient wooshing, Knight Rider-like synth (ala a helicopter also) and the stomping of a drumbeat. I’m not sure if we’re taking off, but it also sounds like we’re about to kick into “Baba O’Riley”.
And then the vocals kick in and throw of my whole ambient/instrumental theory. Well, in some ways this could be ambient still, but it’s not instrumental. You know, I really wish there was a word for the type of band that this is though.
When not instrumental, I think of bands as having as many vocals as they do music, though sometimes you get that guitar solo or breakdown, so really it should be something like… I don’t know, they should have an equal amount of vocals and music but sometimes maybe a little more music.
Music is all math anyway, so if you’re willing to say that the average has maybe 60% music and 40% vocals, accounting for the non-vocal parts which often occur, then on that spectrum Stag Hare is something like 80/20 I’d say.
Essentially, Stag Hare has a sound like U2 or the Polyphonic Spree, but they are heavy on the music and less on the vocals, though they do have vocals. Should they be called not-quite-instrumental? Almost instrumental? 80/20? I’m not going to say what a good name is, but we do need to come up with something for this specific group of less vocals and more music.