Between The Walls is a valiant effort to capture the mysterious energy of collective performance on record. About Group don’t entirely succeed, but there are plenty of sweet moments to keep you entertained.
The balance between songwriting and improvisation is slightly off kilter, but the moments when Alexis Taylor's voice rises above the cacophony are nuggets of synth gold. Taylor has always had a penchant for sentimentality, and All Is Not Lost is the pinnacle of that within this record. It's also a brief respite from more experimental cuts like the aptly titled Untitled.
Nothing is rushed on this record, and the listener needs to commit to its languid pace to experience it fully. Love Because is a six-and-a-half-minute slow jam, highlighted with shrill guitar riff cameos. Though these songs probably hold truer to the band's intention to let go of traditional methods of songwriting, the moments when they pull back shine brightest. Like I Never Lock That Door, a short and romantic song,that could border on saccharine if it wasn't for the sonic novelties carrying on in the background.
Between The Walls is a valiant effort to capture the mysterious energy of collective performance on record. About Group don't entirely succeed, but there are plenty of sweet moments to keep you entertained.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.