A song always tells a story, some told simply through metaphor, but Lanks, the solo project of Will Cuming, takes story telling into a vivid tale of folklore nature with his debut "Rises and Falls". Starting off with a Gabriel Bruce-like speaking/singing in the beginning, Lanks tells the story leading to where things get really good at about 30 seconds. Lanks shows us his raspy voice that compliments this story book-like song. It's this spoken singing that brings a sense of uniqueness to the sounds Lanks has created here. It's almost like you can find yourself in every moment of the story that he tells about what seems to be a disaster at hand. The song climbs to a towering point where you can sense the water rising, filling a enclosed room to the brink where only a sliver of air is left. You take one slight last breathe of air in the room and slip under the water, sinking slowly to ground. Lanks bring the suspense to his music that'll keep you on the edge of your seat through the entire listening experience. It's like the IMAX of music -- vivid and in the moment.