Pelican guitarist Trevor de Brauw has described the Chicagoan quartet’s fifth full length record, Forever Becoming, as being “a lot darker, depressive, and angry” on the whole. de Brauw seemed to attribute this to the departure of founding guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec and the band’s continuing without him. The inner restructuring of the band and addition of a new guitarist was a stressful time for the band initially. But continuing on and reshaping Pelican may have been one of the band’s smartest moves; one listen to Forever Becoming should tell you. The material is heavier on the whole than it has been since the band’s earlier, rawer days. But with this heaviness comes a newfound sense of expansiveness and sonic storytelling. de Brauw mentioned that Pelican was more focused on writing songs with a narrative and I believe they achieve just that. The songs on Forever Becoming each possess its own auditory journey that has exciting twists and turns and ultimately arrives at a satisfying conclusion.