Get ready for a somewhat deceiving intro. Stereo Chemistry really thought their impression through with this album World Full of Giants. I began to picture these huge soundscapes of high consciousness and the sedating effects of an electronica playground. And this was all party true but then some things became clear. At the end of the day, this is a band not a producer getting in touch with a fourth dimension.
“The Space Between Atoms (Part I)” is simply an epic intro for an otherwise basic rock song in the form of “Giants.” It’s an effective move because now we see two distinct layers and we’re invested in discovering more. I anticipated a varying level of easy listening and true to the heart songwriting that was ultimately satisfied. The term emo came to the surface and I didn’t immediately dismiss it. Stereo Chemistry is composed of colors shared between Brand New and Taking Back Sunday, but they never break over the shore or soar into the night. This is a collection of chill meets artful momentum.
The second track "Trouble / Misunderstood" plays into the singer/songwriter genre as the band breaks out the acoustic guitar and introspective lyrics. He sings "Take your time, take your time with me I'm so much more than you thought I'd be Close your eyes, close your eyes Am I the man you dreamt I'd be?".
“You Vs. Me” is a cool wash of guitar and sweeping backbeat. The piano takes little steps amidst the build and generally makes moments just that much more in its spared use. At times, I felt the guitar would have been better off filling up space rather than taking the lines and allowing more piano to command the mix, even control the melody.
The classicism is a nice touch and should be expanded upon. Just another door to open amongst the many fruitful choices this band makes.
Overall, this music is commercially viable singer/songwriter material you might hear on FM radio. It will lack hipster approval and will resonate most with fans of bands like Coldplay. There is some solid songwriting on this release that I encourage you to check out.
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