The album Learn to Fall by Audio Polaroids is cavernous and dingy. It feels influenced by the Perfect Circle. It is grungy, dank and gritty. The band itself is quite composed. There is a lot of expansion and contraction going on in the piece.
Parts of the first song “Learn to Fall” shoot out into an embellished expansive wonderland of heavy metal release, while intermittently contracting back to a repetitive, tightly coiled up bass line, led with a steady rhythmic drum heartbeat. They eliminate the drums all together at times, making it an open source for more feathery sounds. The singer has the ability to bring forth a huge powerful force, and in addition to that he is able to pull back and be gentle.
The piece is definitely multi-faceted making it highly digestible. If it would keep driving only on heavy metal street. I might have jumped out at a stop light. But the fact that each song is almost three tiered with different emotions makes it quite enjoyable to partake in a good listening session.
The love song “Goodbye” feels like it would fit the bill in most teenage age Netflix movies. It is emotional, rebellious and filled with unkempt emotions that are impossible to control. I quite enjoy the infiltration of the piano in this one. Brings a lightness to it. The epic, spooky organ makes a cameo in the song’s shallow grave. I think the song title in itself feels like one to mourn to. Not much difference between mourning and breaking up. This one plays back and forth between the two realms, of life being short and the relationship coming to an end. This song is open and gentle, not too much overladen, heavy instrumentation. This is simply a star-crossed lovers song.
Mulling over regrets as to how he could have treated her differently are expressed in this track. He says if he could do it differently, he would. The listener is able to experience the vocal range of the singer more than the other songs. There seems to be a Celtic, bagpipe synth in the song that creates a feeling as if mourning over a lost love one. It is powerful. This album is well done. Check it out.
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