Monday, June 27, 2011

A Few First Impressions

It's funny how you can be excited for two albums.  Then, you suddenly find out another album you weren't even expecting -- an album you have been anticipating for years -- is released as well.  Rock. On.

I'll start with the two albums I was actually expecting.  The first is the 2nd LP, called The Verge by There for Tomorrow.  There for Tomorrow have been labeled as "pop punk", but I feel this is a bit misleading.  I wouldn't put them in the same category as Pacific coast pop-punk bands, such as Mayday Parade, New Found Glory, or Yellowcard.  I think they get this label since many of their songs have big hooks and melodies.  Their new album, The Verge, shows a bit of growth in their sound, with the addition of more intricate writing.  There's some good stuff in here, but don't expect anything ground-breaking since this band is still growing.  I really like the direction they are taking.  However, I'm still a bit worried that I might forget this album in a couple of months.  I think this one will take a few more listens before I can make that judgement.

The second album is Culture of Fear by the D.C. electronica group, the Thievery Corporation.  These guys have been around for quite a long time, and I've loved everything that they put out.  This album is no different.  This album boasts many chill electronica songs with some minimalistic-rap.  They appear to have gone with more synthesizers this time around, however, instead of using many different types of instruments as they did in previous albums.

Click here to hear snippets of the album. (Or listen to the two songs taken from the Patterned EP in "For Your Ears")

Now, to the surprise of the day.  Evaline is a six-piece band from California that I somehow discovered about 5 years ago when I was deep in my "search for new bands" frenzy.  I was immediately impressed by their EP, Postpartum Modesty. A Portrait of Skin.  After hearing this EP, I couldn't wait for more from these guys.  Well, the wait took basically 5 years.  They released a "preview" EP late last year called Patterned (Vol. 1). A funny name since there are no other volumes.  I was, however, really happy with the direction they were steering towards, and was hopeful that the entire album would be just as good.

Today, I was just looking through iTunes and stumbled upon their new album.  Imagine my surprise.  I have been checking their site often, ever since Patterned, and they never hinted on exactly when the LP would be released.  All I can say, Woven Material marks the first anticipated album of this year that met all of my expectations.  I'll admit, as of this post, I've only listened to the album once in its entirety, but every song seems to be full of so many great sounds and intricate song writing.  The opener, "Beneath the Fire" (taken from Patterned), really sets the mood for the album, immersing you into building ambience.  The songs that follow hold much of the same ambience, but also contain a great deal of variety.  I am certain Woven Material will end up in my top ten of the year.

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