Split releases are a great record format for bands to put out music cost efficiently. If the bands appeal to the same audience, they can reach each others fans and get bonus exposure. Sometimes, but rarely, the split contains tracks that were written and recorded collaboratively.
A sound engineer once told me that he felt the best EPs he’d ever recorded were the ones that "less resembled an album so much as a short, sharp live set". Given that, perhaps Memory of Elephants’ new 4-track is everything it should be: a statement of intent that grabs your attention and leaves you wanting to hear more.
It is no surprise that Save Us From The Archon's is a fiery blaze of instrumental post-hardcore with complex melodic riffs and interwoven dreamy interludes. So I'm going to go straight to their ostensible love of film, as I am constantly wont to do.
There are plenty of ways to make noise. We have come to accept this from the overwhelming canonization of metal, which has given way to a plethora of sub-genres spanning from funeral doom to goregrind. Yes, it is surprising, perhaps even ironic, that such highly distorted cacophonies can be so multi-tiered.