O'Brother - You and I
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The first half of You and I is chocked full of heavy riffs and the heavy shoegaze feel that you’ve learned and loved from O’Brother’s previous records. The second half gives you an insight into their musical knowledge, ability, and creativeness. It slows down and uses technique and precision to show that each member is a crucial part of creating their sound, and gives a strong look at how the band has grown; opening all doors to where the band can go from here.

‘Halogen Eye’ is a hybrid of new techniques and strong riffs. The track features vocals from Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil, adding another layer of depth to the lyrical content.

‘Soma’ is the first full track on the record. Second overall besides the intro – which the band has done two records in a row now and hopefully continues this tradition as a beautiful way to open an album. It’s a track that easily connects previous records to You and I, giving a large atmospheric feel with mechanical sounding beats and pounding drums.

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O’Brother layer influences in every song. There will be moments in every track that anyone could appreciate. The layers crash like waves and you’re merely there to exist with them while they start over and continue to land. Although this seems tortious, and potentially something you would not want to endure, you’ll keep waiting for the next wave and let it crash into you.

‘Black Tide’ is not only a highlight of the band’s ability to create huge sounds with their instruments but also punches your gut with Tanner Merritt’s recognizable and haunting voice. The band pushes his voice forward, allowing the listener to truly appreciate the range and sound of the vocals.

‘What We’ve Lost’ creates the same effect by highlighting Merritt’s vocals and also gives off a strong dance vibe, which feels unusual for the band. Heavy riffs and drums are a more usual sound for the band, but the song is clearly a way to show off the range of the band and sounds they can effectively create.

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With the sixth studio release, O’Brother have created something haunting, heavy, delicate, meticulous, and precise. Blending more genres than I can count on my hands and feet, O’Brother have consistency on their minds, always. Allowing new and old sounds to meld together perfectly, the band are ever-growing with giving you riff-heavy songs and in the same breath, incorporating a harp and acoustic guitars with ease.

The band are not creating to alienate fans (either devoted or first listeners), but creating for themselves and allowing us to experience it in the best ways. And it shows.

You and I is available now to buy and stream.