Review by Lindsey Craun.
These days, it can be difficult for an artist to break apart from the sea of indie bands struggling to succeed on today’s music scene. Come Jan. 11, The Morning After Girls will release their first album since 2005, Alone, in which they strive to do just that. Vocalist/guitarist Sascha Lucashenko described the aim of the group’s album to evoke what you might feel while experiencing things “purely without any filter.” After listening to the album, I was left not only with the intended feeling of loneliness, but also with a slight hint of the boredom that often follows. This 12-track concoction draws a beautiful melancholic sentiment from its audience, yet fails to rise above mediocrity.
Starting out with a half-minute, purely instrumental intro, “A Strange Silence,” eases into the rest of the album as an eerie tease that sets the tone of purity and solitude with long and drawn out notes. The second track, “The Best Explanation,” explores catchy guitar riffs, which are accompanied by a few droning moans and “ooh’s,” with an almost storm-like reverb. I soon found myself feeling as though I’d heard the song before, yet I couldn’t quite place my finger on what or whom exactly it called to mind.While I generally enjoyed this track, once over, I felt it was a bit repetitive and that it was a constant build-up to a pinnacle verse that was never reached. This, I would soon find, would become the general opinion I gathered from each song, and in the end, the album as a whole.
Most every track found on Alone contains captivating instrumentals with the same eerie reverb it introduced, but what these songs are missing is a strong melody to give each song its own personality. I became bored with the constant and monotonous whirrs, the vocals began to drown in a sea of background noise and each song started to blend into the next, making them hard to differentiate.
This wasn’t the case for a few tracks that appear later in the album, such as “Part of Your Nature” and “”Who Is They,” however. These songs stand out from the rest, each featuring melodically soothing vocals that are complemented by beautiful rhythmic guitar and stormy reverb that collectively conjure up the spirit of the Australian church in which the album was recorded.
Though the album may have lacked variety in its assortment of songs, all in all, there is no doubt that The Morning After Girls succeeded in creating a brilliantly crafted, “pure” sound in Alone.
Rating: 6 of 10
Download the title track here.