The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die

Always Foreign

Written by: PP on 07/03/2018 21:31:10

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, henceforth abbreviated as TWIABP, have reached their third album with "Always Foreign". Aside from having a band name that's quite a mouthful, they have never been afraid to liberally mash genres together to achieve a peculiar amalgamation of post-rock, indie, and emo complete with subtle orchestral elements as well. They continue to smoothen that approach on "Always Foreign", toying with plenty of quiet/loud segments and rapidly escalating voluminous segments that echo their peers in Sorority Noise, displaying a level of songwriting that few bands dare to even attempt.

The songs on "Always Foreign" linger in tranquillity, cherishing fragile soundscapes with softly sung passages, but there's a constant sense of progression that often results into gradual, but certain crescendoes into louder, choral celebrations of melodic beauty. One example of doing just that is "Faker", which feels almost nondescript in the beginning but finishes off with a grandiose choral segment triggered by a sudden tempo shift into an almost punkish result.

On "The Future", their Sorority Noise inspiration shines through the math- and post-rock flavored indie/emo, whereas a song like "Gram" showcases the lyrical depth of the band through its "I'm sorry for being sorry / That cause of anxiety / It's wasting all our minds / This should never have been a crime" repeated choruses. Here, the band channel an emotionally-charged, almost angst-laden soundscape that's minimalistic but nonetheless powerful through its rhythmic percussion that gives the song a surprising amount of depth.

Then on the indie rock side, "Hilltopper" almost feels like a Placebo song: dark indie rock mixed with post-rock and emo elements that set TWIABP apart from their peers through an experimentalist approach that stays grounded enough to be easily absorbable by new listeners.

The songs on "Always Foreign" range from epic atmospherics to straight up emo nostalgia and pretty much everything in between. Though more progressive and more exploratory than many of their peers and as such a more challenging listen, TWIABP records always have that quirky character to them that makes them quality listens. While not as good as their genre classic debut album, "Always Foreign" is nonetheless a solid example of the depth and progression you can draw out of emo with enough songwriting talent.

Download: The Future, Gram, Faker
For the fans of: Sorority Noise, Prawn, You Blew It!, Snowing, Foxing, Empire! Empire! I Was A Lonely Estate
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Release date 29.09.2017

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