If you were to take the melancholy of a dreary winter day and attack a recording studio with four talented musicians inside, that would be descriptive of the tone. like so many people, I was drawn by both that tone and the rhythmical delivery of the music. I honestly cannot complain about this album at all, but if I could, it would be that only a few of my friends own it, which is probably a good thing. This album draws on isolation, feeds it, and manifests it into a larger form. the only exception to that is obstacle 2, but thats alright, it works fine in the context of the album, breaking up to slabs of great songwriting, hands away and stella was a diver....
lets see...the songs themselves. untitled is undoubtedly one of the simplest songs on the album, but also one of the most effective in setting up the mood. Obstacle 1 is a rocker with passionate vocals. NYC is just shear slow beauty, and PDA is the obvious single. say hello to the angels is kind of a funky little rock-out piece, and hands away is almost pure melancholy, but the build and the glorious climax is almost heavenly. obstacle 2 (which was written first by the way) is another song that could be a single. stella just gathers waves of beauty and melodies and combines it into one great sad song. Roland is a simpleminded rocker, can't say too much about it except it is pretty fun. The New and Leif Erikson end the album on a slower and more emotional note, and are brilliant songs.
Overall, my favorite songs are untitled, stella, and leif erikson, all of which are the more melancholic songs on the album. However, do not let that fool you, every single song is great, and the album needs to be listened to as a whole to truly appreciate the beauty.
so buy this and have fun!