(image: Rachel Berbec)

June 25, 2015 | by Bryne Yancey

Now in its eighth year, Count Your Lucky Stars has become one of the most well-respected and well-rounded underground rock labels in America. 

Keith Latinen—you might know him as the vocalist/guitarist of Empire! Empire! I Was A Lonely Estate—has demonstrated a discerning ear in that time, as well as near-impeccable timing; he and CYLS were right there just as emo was beginning to regain some of its cache among listeners. (It never went away, people just started paying better attention, so yeah, don’t call it a revival.) Latinen and the label have continued to demonstrate careful, calculated curation and a keen sense of discovery for themselves and their followers through a series of four-way splits.

Sinai Vessel, a self-proclaimed “sissy punk” trio hailing from Tennessee/North Carolina, are a part of CYLS’ latest four-way split with Dowsing, The Cardboard Swords and Long Knives, which you can pre-order here. Their contribution, “I Quit The Choir,” is an exercise in interestingly varying movements ranging from quietly reflective to full of pomp, each one bathed in warm, agreeable tones. Listening to the song for the first time, there’s a sense of unpredictability in it, but never the type of derailing, needlessly challenging unpredictability that can often stall momentum. It’s a welcome indication of where the band may go with their debut LP for Tiny Engines, which should be out at some point this year or next. Check it out below.