Big Awesome's smooth, melodic layers and delicate sense of dynamics verify that technical control can evoke more meaningful emotion than animalistic abandon. And on Birdfeeder, the band's self-released four-song EP, they demonstrate this with a dexterity that is both obvious and difficult to define. In a genre that capitalizes on harsh, startling aesthetics to express itself, Big Awesome makes music that combines power with finesse. No, it's not necessarily as loud, but Birdfeeder feels denser and more memorable, more dynamic and meticulous, and captures more accurately the complex nature of emotion. Sure, those harsher songs may allow the listener to express something primitive; Big Awesome's songs summon the same, but add to it something more cerebral, making these songs, perhaps, even more human than the most barbaric tracks.