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    "I think self-limitation is such a great thing," Eulogies bandleader Peter Walker says. "It lets you dig in a little bit more instead of changing things for every mood or song. It forces you to manipulate what you have in your hand rather than try to grab at something else."

    With Chris Reynolds on drums and Tim Hutton on bass, plus Walker on guitar and vocals, Eulogies renders vivid scenes with a minimalist palette. Riding warm, well-worn instrumental tones and Walker’s patient, understated vocals, they build a consistent mood over the album's 12 songs.

    To that end, Walker shifts tempos and instrumentation and brings along the occasional guest. "Two Can Play" opens with a gorgeous, dreamy groove, and soon Walker and Nikki Monninger of Dangerbird bandmates Silversun Pickups are finishing each other's soft-sung verses. The haunting organ sound on "Stranger Calliope" was achieved via a Casiotone keyboard layered over a live flautist. Songs build momentum from one to the next with meticulous track sequencing; drama is evoked not through volume or intensity but subtle counterpoints in composition. There's a gentle, knowing tension to the music that speaks to the bittersweet push and pull of everyday living and dying.

    "I see a lot of these songs as being really positive," Walker says. "Instead of 'Woe is me,' I’m lifting myself up and I’m trying to share that a little bit. In general the subject-matter can be dark, talking about loss or being alone, but really it’s all optimistic."

    The result is melancholy music that's upbeat, a record of specific personal intent that speaks to us all. Eulogies offers catharsis; a musical tradition that's ageless and inviolate. Here Anonymous snatches a moment out of that continuum for us to share, here and now.

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