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"They Keep Bowing" was originally intended for de Brauw's solo record, Uptown, an effort labored over since 2005. The track was cut from the album because de Brauw doubts its completion; he's already begun work on a follow-up. Recorded in 2006 with four guitar tracks and an organ, "They Keep Bowing" is quite the departure from the crushing riffs of Pelican, instead favoring a lush swell of chords. Starting with the hum of an organ, the track steadily grows into a warm, dreamy drone topped with blissful guitar bends. The song sums up de Brauw's musical repertoire perfectly: he may be using overwhelming layers and volume, but he's never been afraid to make his songs pretty.