Appendage is made up of tracks from the devisive and accessible Blue Sky Noise. I think Circa Survive's great strength has always been vocalist/angel Anthony Green, and the opening demo, "Sleeping Underground" uses that to fool advantage. Green's high voice, emotional in it's slight scartchiness, is backed by an eerie organ and other subtle atmospherics. The result is an opening which may set expectations too high.
The next track "Stare Like You'll Say" maybe the poppy Circa Survive track I've heard yet. It's not bad, by any means, Circa Survie will always be about fifty times better than their contemporaries for their more experimental tendencies, as well as vocalist/angel Anthony Green but the track does lack some of the most interesting elements present in their other work, it's particularly a let down following the opener. "Everyway" is also unsatisfying in a similar way, though the unorthodox intro makes it start out more promising than it actually is. The next track "Backmask" however is where the EP picks up again. Between Anthony's vocals, the excellent drumming and the always tasteful guitars it feels more alive than the previous songs, though I do wish it achieve more of a climax.
The last song on the EP, "Lazarus" is probably my second favorite album on the track next to the opening song. The interaction between the instruments is more interesting, and the guitars are a bit more unexpected. The song sounds more like a surprise than the ones that came before it, and at the climax of the song, when Anthony is singing over the guitar solo at the end is how I imagine angels with bangs covering their eyes would sound if we could hear them speak.
As always, Circa Survive delivers a release that leaves me wishing they'd indulge their atmospheric/post-rock influences more, and abandon some of their pop-rock sensibilities in favor of more experimental and more interesting sounds. However, Anthony's lyrics and delivery manage to make this a cut above the rest, as usual, and it's not like the instrumentation is bland or anything. Circa Survive still sounds unique, and are an incredibly component band, they just always leave me wanting more.