At the New Year’s Eve Parade is the result of a turbulent journey of self discovery that lead singer Chance Herbert endured. It’s an album based on the concepts of finding meaning in life and love, and carries an emotive and in your face drama theme throughout. The album is not a simple sad story though, it’s a complex work of art and composition of instruments and sounds that can actually help listeners through tough times.
The album opens with the track “In the New Year's Day Dress” and gives us a big intro into the style and sound of Sacresc. This is a great concept and full of potential. The guitar’s fast pace and sound is fun and exciting. It’s an acoustic but lively style with aggressive but dampened guitar riffs. The poetic style of the vocals match the pace and style of the guitar perfectly.
The only problem is that the vocals themselves, while the poetic style works, sometimes miss the mark. The lyrics are great, and he sounds like Jeff Magnum from Neutral Milk Hotel quite often.
Some of the instruments could have been recorded a bit better, bridging the drops and intros of incoming sounds a bit smoother. At the same time, At The New Year’s Eve Parade is an amazing ensemble of talented musicians and instruments. The album is carried by some incredible sounds, just take a listen through “The New Year's Eve Parade Part 2” and it’s amazing energy. The accompanying instruments are phenomenal.
The drums in “Ariel”, for example, add so much style, personality and energy to the track. The guitar’s mellow aggressiveness is amazing and adds such a clean and beautiful sound throughout the album. The instruments, musicians and composition of this album is a huge hit and make this a great listen.
You could argue the vocals could be refined The reality is that in some tracks, like in “Garden Parts 1” or “Toothless Tiger” the singing works great because it’s more dampened and muted by the accompanying instruments. In these tracks, the singer’s style and poetic lyrics work really well. In other tracks, though, the vocals take a more center focus point and are more prevalent.
Overall, this is a solid EP and an impressive debut.
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