Holy Hot Fire is the new, red-blooded EP from Brooklyn duo Courtesy Tier, released on December 15, 2011 at Pianos.
The EP starts out with a brand new song, “Falling Asleep,” whose dark, almost cynical lyrics—tinged with lead singer Omer’s characteristic blues-moan—are juxtaposed with an infectious energy from the acoustic guitar and sparse percussion, conveying a looming sense of peril.
The remaining four tracks are rerecorded, alternate versions of songs from Courtesy Tier’s first EP (Map and a Marker) and full-length (The Resolution) albums.
The mellow “Standing Near” features a palpable sense of longing that’s heightened by drummer Layton’s backing vocals. The EP changes gears with the third song, “Friend,” an unmitigated gritty blues track.
“Calling Out” is by far the most expansive track on the album, building in tension as a low tom thunders repeatedly. The album ends with the frenzied electric guitar and wild, cymbal-driven kit of “Cold.”
For a limited time you can download Holy Hot Fire for free from Courtesy Tier’s website.
Catch Courtesy Tier live at Brooklyn Bowl on January 10.