Boomkat Product Review:
Declaring themselves to be an "emergency rock" band, Cougar sort of sound like they're the ad-hoc, fill-in band until the proper one gets here. Perhaps what they're trying to articulate is the sense of urgency and panic in their dextrous instrumental manoeuverings, crashing through thoughtful but explosive passages of electronically-enhanced post-rock from the very beginnings of 'Stay Famous', and sounding dangerously like mid-eighties Rush on 'Florida Logic'. Still within the first ten minutes or so, 'Rhinelander' takes a different slant again, imposing more of a programmed electro feel to the beats while coming across as an Efterklang-Gregorian chant hybrid through the cathedral-filling chorals of the mid-section. Harder rocking fare crops up on the post-hardcore riff exchanges of 'Thundersnow', while 'Heavy Into Jeff' lays down another helping of crisp beat treatments and some distorted synths, yet the album's second half is generally a more thoughtful affair, filled with calm intricacy and slowed tempos, culminating in the truly lovely 'Absaroka'. Comparable to the advanced math-rock of Battles, Cougar are a band for fans of electronic/rock hybrids of a more cerebral persuasion.