“Hold Back” revels in Stith and Lapham’s love of 50s-era soulful rock, as Stith’s piano rippled vocals send chills. “I am the loneliest climber of them all” is definitely one of the more memorable lyrics on the record. “Pyre” is where the album grows darker. The track cuts to the bone with writhing guitar riffs and heart-wrenching percussion as a choir of phantoms wrap around Stith’s weight-of-the-world mantra: “Baby you’re stuck in your little game / but open your eyes to the sight and see / nobody else is praying, nobody else is praying.” “Riverbody” is a languid and effervescent masterpiece that could easily be played solo acoustic, while “Run Away” is an electro-pop oriented ditty, with washes of crisp percussion and reverb-drenched vocals.
Scorpio is an album that is continually digging. It wields a deep-rooted passion that's on hands and knees, sweating, and tunneling both sonically and lyrically, shaping itself as a wellspring in a drought-ridden indie landscape. Stith and Lapham have crafted a near flawless ten-track album that takes an experimental approach to older soul and pop music. The Revival Hour are certainly channeling a hip, nostalgic era of music, but not like most of their surf-rock, neo-doo-wop contemporaries. Instead, they've upended the dream-pop format with bubbling, soulful vocals, convoluted percussion, and shadowy guitar and synth that get past all the indie fluff and directly to the core of expression.