So I’ve heard quite a few good things about this duo, but I’ve also heard some not so good things. That doesn’t help me at all with setting my expectations which I love. Let’s just dive in.
- Lucy’s- Cleo has an interesting voice. I really respect the fact that he was able to find his voice after going on testosterone. I have seen interviews with trans singers who say that finding their new voice is difficult. The song itself feels a little garageband, which isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just something I noticed. The lyrics sound really deep and meaningful, but after looking at them a few times I can’t quite figure out what they mean. It’s a fine song.
- Stale Device- I don’t really like this. I see a pattern of very few lyrics in the songs which seem to have a theme, but some lines are confusing. This time it’s Harmony singing and while her voice isn’t bad, she remains monotone the whole time. It kind of put me to sleep. I hope this isn’t their thing.
- Where You Sink- Again, only nine lines of lyrics. Sound very similar to the last song except some electronic metronome sounds were added. Harmony also has the same vocals as the last song. Also the lyrics are very random. This totally isn’t my thing. I feel like they could have some songs I like if some things changed.
- Hire- So Cleo must be singing on the more upbeat songs. I do like this voice. The instrumentals are fun and happy. At this point I’m telling myself that they must be a parody of stereotypical indie bands. Their lyrics don’t make much sense but they sound really intellectual. They have to be a parody, right?
- Pretty- So Harmony’s vocals here are better than they were before. This song does make some sense which is better than previously. I think the production on the vocals is pretty weak. The effects make it sound cheap, which who knows, maybe that is what they were going for.
- Chemical Freeze- The instrumentals between the first verse and chorus are interesting. They feel sort of industrial apocalyptic. I’ve come to expect strange lyrics which is what we get here. I think that I’m getting used to their sound so I’m not as opposed to it. I don’t think that I’m going to like them, but I don’t dislike it as much as I did originally.
- All Blacked Out- How do they write these songs? This one isn’t as bad lyrically as the others, but dang, how do they do it? I prefer Cleo’s voice because his voice is kind of soothing. The instrumentals are pretty basic, but they aren’t bad so yeah.
- Lucky Joke- I don’t know the vocal effects don’t match the instrumentals very well. The lyrics are fine. Everything is kind of mediocre.
- Minute in Your Mind- So this vocal effect is getting on my nerves. It’s fine for a few songs, but it is on every single song. It gets old really quickly. The song is really short so I guess that’s good for me because I don’t like it. The sound is getting stale. I understand that this is their thing but at least give me some variation.
- What Chaos Is Imaginary- This song makes the most sense out of all of them so far. Harmony’s voice is different in this song. It is more airy and high pitched. At times though it gets too high pitched to where it is piercing in a bad way. The instrumental is boring. It’s a simple drum beat with some violin. It’s okay. I would say that this is their best song on this album which isn’t saying much.
- Hoax and the Shrine- Harmony’s vocals are very childlike here. It’s very cute, slightly annoying, but cute. The instrumentals are simple, but effective. But once again, what the hell are these lyrics about?
- Swamp and Bay- Cleo’s back. While I still do like his voice. I want him to do something different. I have heard glimmers of strength and power, but we haven’t fully gotten that from him. The instrumentals are more upbeat and folk-rockish. This isn’t bad.
- Joseph’s Dad- So I thought this song could be about Joseph’s dad sexually assaulting the subject. As the song went on though I have no clue. Harmony’s vocals are not good here. She sounds strained as though she was trying to sound more indie basement than she actually does.
- Roses- Yeah there is nothing to say about this that I haven’t already said. It sounds like most of their other songs.
Overall, I don’t like this. Cleo and Harmony’s voices are good it’s the effects that they put on them sound bad. The lyrics almost never made sense, and for me songs are about storytelling. If no one can understand your story then that is problem. The instrumentals were pretty bland. After each song though I kept telling myself that I do see potential in them so I guess maybe they aren’t as bad as I think they are. Again, some people love this and I understand why it’s just not for me at all. I’m going to give this a D.
While I have heard of this group, and I love the name, I haven’t heard their music nor do I know anything about them. This is me going into this with an open mind and no expectations.
- Fred n Ginger- This is a 40 second old timey dedication to the iconic duo. There isn’t much to say other than I wonder if this is the vibe the album will give.
- Terraform- This is short on lyrics, but not short on groove. It’s a funky retro song with instrumentals that take me to the 80s. The lyrics are about who knows what. After the lyrics end it gets spacey and hypnotic. I might be hypnotised right now I don’t know.
- Highlife- This is a funky robotic country song. I don’t like it nor do I dislike it. I just don’t know what to make of it. Zia’s vocals are definitely interesting. It’s a fun song with sometimes grating guitar. I’m very confused.
- Be Alright- Again this song has some psych pop spacey instrumentals. The lyrics themselves are pretty basic and the vocals are shrouded in a filter that sets the tone for the space theme. I don’t like it, but I commend the consistency of the theme throughout each song apart from the first which was meant to contrast the others.
- Thee Elegant Burn- This song is toned down in terms of instrumentals and the vocals. Lyrically I still don’t understand what they are trying to say, but then again I’m not taking too much time to figure it out. It is nice on the ears if you aren’t focused on it too much.
- Sins Are Forgiven- This song takes a Johnny Cash sound and mixes it with the spacey electronics that I have come to expect. This song is a take on the crucifiction and seems a bit random but then again all of this is random.
- Next Thing I Know- The into to this song is very long. Once again there aren’t many lyrics and the ones there are word jumble. It isn’t bad it’s just not something that I am well acquainted with.
- Small Town Girls- So this song is about small town girls. And that’s it I think. I guess I need to stop focusing on the lyrics because if I continue this way then I’m not going to enjoy any of this. Instrumentally it isn’t that good either so I can’t appreciate this as much as I want to
- To the Church- the instrumentals sound like we are in a laboratory. It’s strange and I might like it. The lyrics consist of the chorus repeated twice and that is it. When the lyrics kick in though the vocals don’t allow for them to be clearly heard. I’ve decided I don’t like it. The instrumentals are starting to give me a headache.
- Motor City Steel- This returns to the country esque vibe. It’s their best song so far but that doesn’t mean this is good. The vocals are pretty decent along with the instrumentals. Again it is decent but not great.
- Forever- The instrumentals are a bit operatic at times which is interesting with the electronic elements. I can see this being in a weird musical. Not bad. Again though what is up with the lyrics.
- Ondine- So this is purely instrumental which is a good way to end an album. It is a piano solo which I was not expecting at all. Not much to say.
So this was interesting to say the very least. The first and last song was kind of confusing in the context of the rest of the album. I think they were trying to offset the main theme, but it wasn’t entirely clear their purpose. I liked the theme they went with instrumentally, but it was ruined by the lyrics and vocals. It wasn’t too bad I’m just not a fan. I’m going to give this a C-.
- New Moon- This is a quiet, harmonica and shaker filled song whose meaning would take a while for me to try to figure out. Quite frankly, I don’t feel like trying to understand it. I can tell he didn’t start off as a singer. He has a good voice he just feels one dimensional thus far. I have only heard one song so that hopefully will change.
- Vagabond- This song immediately, with the guitars, feels like an alternative country song. The verse’s, to the average listener (assuming I’m average) feel like he is trying to be intellectual. They probably have a deep meaning, but for me they appear random. It is clear that he is telling vagabond storied it is just some of the lines that are confusing. The beat is mid-tempo and he could have fun with it, but his voice remains monotone with the backing female vocals only emphasizing that fact.
- Chance- While the song is fairly long at four and a half minutes, there aren’t very many lyrics. In cases like that the lyrics needs to be important and/or impactful. Sadly, these aren’t. His vocals aren’t that great. The layering of his vocals was a choice. It just made his average vocal performance more pronounced. So far, I’m not impressed. I’m hoping there is at least one song that I will enjoy.
- Stonehurst Cowboy- The pacing of this song is strange. The instrumentals remained almost the same throughout. Gunn’s vocals during the chorus seemed as though he was off beat. It may have been done of purpose, but Im not a fan of that. Some people can pull off not being on beat, but he doesn’t have the voice that allows him to do that.
- Luciano- I feel like I’m repeating the same stuff over and over on this album. I guess this is his best vocals so far even though they are pretty much the same as the other songs. The pacing in the chorus is off once again, and the song as a whole bores me. Some people might enjoy this I’m just not one of them.
- New Familiar- In the beginning, I was actually digging the instrumentals. Once the vocals kicked in I noticed how altered his voice was and it threw me off completely. They’ve slightly auto-tuned and echoed his voice and it contrasts with the guitar melody. It makes me wonder what he would sound like with little to no voice modulation.
- Lightning Field- The instrumentals are more modern country than the other songs have been. I’m not quite sure what genre he is fitting in to. While I know it isn’t entirely important to perfectly fit into one genre I like being able to label people that way. Maybe I’m judgmental when it comes to my music. I accept it though. His vocals are better than they have been. I’m still bored though. It’s not that I dislike slower songs it’s just that he as a person bores me. Am I being harsh? Yes, mostly because I know that no one reads this.
- Morning is Mended- Once again, I’m not going to attempt to understand what this song means because I don’t think there is one. Maybe none of these songs have any purpose. I’m going to go with that in order to feel better about myself. He is emotionless in this song, and the ones before it and more than likely the one after this. At this point I am literally typing everything that comes to my mind because why not.
- Paranoid- I can’t with this.
Overall, yawn. I was being extremely harsh, but that’s because that was the mood I was in. Music is about how it makes you feel and my review reflected how it made me feel. The songs felt meaningless, yet they tried to deceive you into thinking they had meaning. The vocals were okay and the instrumentals were boring. I’m sure Steve is a good guy I just have to give this album a D.