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Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. Chicago-based experimental rock trio RLYR (pronounced Relayer) present their sophomore album Actual Existence on The Flenser, a four song full-length that distills and expands on the explosive energy and anthemic catharses of the band's 2015 debut Delayer. This album represents a step forward in complexity for the instrumental band. Comprised of Steven Hess (Locrian, Cleared, etc.), Colin DeKuiper (Bloodiest, ex-Russian Circles), and Trevor Shelley de Brauw (Pelican, Chord, etc.), RLYR have fine-tuned their MC Escher-esque song structures while preserving the indelible earworm melodies that are their hallmark. "This is uncommonly optimistic post-rock, then, deliberately using the strength of the style's sound to summon something more than temporary fury." - Pitchfork. "What makes RLYR truly impressive is the patience in which they apply pressure. They never allow for a frenzy they didn't build toward, and give their aggression space to ebb and flow in a way that settles the tension into a continuous stream." - Stereogum.