The band create a unique soundscape with their new album; drawing upon their Americana influences they blend this with pop sensibilities, the traditional instrumentation stripped away. However, it is their most personal collection to date as they explore heartbreak, depression and isolation. Despite how that sounds, there are moments of jubilation punctuating the record too but throughout, storytelling lyrics are at the heart.
The stripped back ‘I Found God’ is a real gem on the record, so delicate and intricately crafted Bryan’s vocals quiver slightly adding to the weight of the songs lyrics. Similarly, ‘The Understudy’ takes a more gentle approach as well but there is an element of humour in the lyrics which suits the band. The record concludes with ‘Take It Out On me’ an upbeat, number with some brilliant melodies and instrumentation.
I feel like the record comes back to its roots the more it progresses and the writing grows stronger with every song.