Eraas

This happens to be an album that you can judge by its cover. The Brooklyn electro-indie duo ERAAS makes music that’s as haunting and unsettling as the album art for its 2012 eponymous debut. After the dissolution of the post-rock quintet Apse, band members Austin Stawiarz and Robert Toher decided to keep playing music with a less-is-more approach. Those familiar with Apse’s recordings will notice a few trace elements seeping into some of the songs on ERAAS. Following the dramatic string-swept intro “Black Horse,” the foreboding “A Presence” builds on mantras of rhythmic repetition, eerie ambient production, and a brooding bass that pulses alongside ghostly vocals drowning in reverb. Touring with the similarly spooky “Soft Moon” before recording these songs may have also influenced songs like “Ghost,” in which Stawiarz and Toher import some of Luis Vasquez’s post-goth textures and dry minimalism. “Skinning” picks up the pace with organic rhythms that sound like an Appalachian clog dancer tap-dancing on a wet piece of plywood behind a creepy piano. “Trinity” nicely closes the album with doomy drones and a “Bela Lugosi's Dead” feel.