Title - 'Generation Loss'
Artist - A Fragile Tomorrow
For those not in the know, since the band's inception, A Fragile Tomorrow has carved out a considerable place in the world of indie rock.
Indeed, evolution is the name of the game for the band, which features singer/guitarist Sean Kelly, guitarist Brendan Kelly, bassist Shaun Rhoades, and drummer-turned-synth player Dominic Kelly.
Initially making waves as a leading powerpop group, in mid-2017 the band began a natural shift towards more progressive and complex compositions and production.
That led to a major reshuffle with Dominic Kelly's move to synths and the introduction of recording and touring drummer Josh Kean.
About to release a brand new album, Generation Loss via MPress Records on February 22nd, 2019, the band's first single in three years, and also the album opener, 'Dig Me Out,' leans heavily on krautrock, art rock and hip hop influences.
1. 'Dig Me Out'
2. 'Generation Loss'
3. 'How Do We Dance To It?'
4. 'I'm Afraid Of Too Much Change'
5. 'Gun Shy'
6. 'I Fought The War, I Won'
8. 'I See My Son'
9. 'The Human Condition'
Putting more emphasis than ever on groove throughout the 11 track album it also marks a bold new beginning for the traditionally guitar-driven band.
My personal favorite is the flowing early '90s pop sensibilities of the title track, which is backed seamlessly by both the jangly 'How Do You Dance To It?' and the sterner 'I'm Afraid Of Too Much Change.'
To the sound of police sirens next comes the brilliant '90s-esque 'Gun Shy' which is backed by more of their krautrock, Talking Heads-esque psych art on 'I Fought The War, I Won.' Although more subtle, that vibe also ebbs through on the effervescent 'Circling' with the more strident tones of 'I See My Son' up next.
Drawing from more experimental influences and a more imaginative approach to pop song craft, A Fragile Tomorrow then rounds out with a mid-tempo 'The Human Condition,' an upbeat gem in 'Technicolor,' and then culminates in the thoughtful, quasi-psychedelic pop soundscape of 'Valhalla.'
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