You sit in a tree, deep in a forest. It’s the last few moments before sunrise. The blackness all around is transitioning to pale blue, the chirping of birds fills the air, and a warmth spreads across the vast greenery, piercing the leaves and waking the living that slumber underneath. Something feels different about today, but you can’t quite place it. Somebody passes below you. You call to her, but she does not hear you. She looks up and cannot see you . . .
Emo is a genre with a particularly divisive history; the songs bearing the descriptor are typically filled to the brim with relentless angst and performed in a distinctly brash manner, things that one either adores or despises. This band is different. Harmlessness is the newest full-length by TWIABP&IANLATD, a group from Willimantic, Connecticut that serve as flag-bearers for the euphonious revamping and revival of emo music.
These compositions are extravagant, and stuffed with compelling lyrical content. There are many highly adept musicians in this band (currently, 9) covering many different roles, so the tracks grow, crash, and span the entire dynamic spectrum with vivid instrumental palettes and emotional intensity. Along with David Bello’s charismatic singing voice, the only “issue” is deciding which fascinating component to focus on.
The downfall of acts in a similar musical vein is that, in order to suffuse sounds with the maximum amount of fervor, usually something is sacrificed in the melodic or production department. Again, this band is different. These artists have created something truly beautiful, something that captivates with both explosive feeling and mellifluous songwriting. If you’re seeking progressive, euphonious indie-rock, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)