Chicago’s Empires have transformed into a polished, arena-ready group without losing the energy of their earlier garage rock days. For their third album, the group went to Texas to work under the auspices of producer John Congleton (St. Vincent), who's taken their songs and blown them up for the big screen. Think vintage U2, Arcade Fire, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure, Florence + The Machine. But singer Sean Van Vleet brings his own vocal character to these grand anthems. “Silverfire” sets the tone with ambient chatter (see Pink Floyd) melting into a serious vocal (Bryan Ferry as imagined by Ryan Adams) that leads into a dramatic, tension-filled, velvety hard rock sound (see Afghan Whigs). It’s followed up with the title track, the emotional ballad gone midtempo rocker “Shadowfaux,” and the leaner, bass-driven “Honeyblood.” The moon shines down on these nocturnal epiphanies. “How Good Does It Feel” sounds like the perfection of their dreams.

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