This band does nice three piece rock stuff; not minimalistic or stupid, but simple. The guitar tends to jump around a lot and the vocals generally sit between the guitar and bass.
The first song, “dewdropper” is kind of uptempo but minor sounding. It opens with a real nice chord Riff, and the verses have cool rhythmic vocals. The chorus sounds good but has some weird sounding octave up vocals that broke the tension a little too much
The next song “Mustard Gas” is one of the strongest melodies on the album, and from a guitar point of view is a big change. It's all pretty sounding open chord stuff. The background vocals sound great on this one, the whistling solo sounds a little out though.
“Crawlers” the guitar changes again now doing fuzzy power chord stuff, and the vocals kind of remind me early Against Me! (Think maybe Jordan’s first choice) it has a nice, big, and open chorus, and lots of build ups.
The fourth song is called “Fantasies: Feels part 1” it opens strong with quick flatpicked chord apregiation. Lots of dramatic build-ups again, but with more guitar parts in this song than in the previous ones.
“Fuss” has a cool late 90’s alt-punk feel; it kind of reminds me of bands like Eve6 or Lit. This one is more of a whole band song, but there are two really cool riffs in it, one in the verse that's a moving chord part following the vocal and the other in the bridge/ solo toward the end, which is also a moving chord part, but this time with a little more freedom.
The next song “Cherry Lies” has probably the best vocal part on the record. It's a listing part, quick rhythms on the phrases, and into a big chorus with good alliteration sounds.
“Breakfast for the Selfish” is a departure. It starts with a vocal doing a siren sound, then acoustic guitar and vocals followed by cello, and then more of the string type embellishments associated with the late 60’s. Think “Elenor Rigby” or “Ruby Tuesday” I kind of expected the vocal siren sound from the beginning to happen again as a background vocal and I was kind of disappointed when it didn't. I think that would have been a nice effect like in the Pixies “Where is My Mind?”
Next we're on “Feels pt.2” Which has some very cool melodies, that make huge sections sound like one big chorus.
“Pocket Lint” has some great drumming. There are a lot of good parts on this one. The instrumental post-chorus we hear the bass step up to melody against rhythmic guitar parts. The bridge is a neat slow build up with a guitar riff that's reminiscent of the Riff that opens the album on “Dewdropper”
The Final song starts with some lo-fi guitar stuff then the bass enters second filling it out. Great harmony vocals, cool ascending octaves. I’m kind of reminded of Dinosaur Jr. on some of parts of this one, And on the vocals at some parts I'm reminded of early Against Me!, but there are some very cool vocal layers toward the end that are one of the biggest highlights.
Great record overall, the songs are well written and stand apart from each other, and instrumentally have good continuity while changing basically every song, and sometimes going back for sounds again later. WKC.