There’s some cool tunes coming from New Haven, Connecticut – orchestrated by The Soldier Story with this full-length album Rooms of the Indoors. This is an album that’s sure to make you think and reflect back on your own life as you listen to the grave vocal tones and sometimes haunting guitar riffs, while leaving you thoroughly fulfilled by the album’s closing.
“Us As I” serves as a serene beginning to the album, gently gaining in tempo and welcoming you to the rest of the songs. I couldn’t decipher much of what was said at first, but I did like the sound of the vocals. It led into “A Lion,” a logical follow-up to the first song with an attention grabbing melody. The second half of this song became much more powerful and kind of caught me off guard, though that intense section only lasted for a few bars.
“Oh the Dove” is a rather ambient piece in the beginning, with the vocals serving more as a kind of instrument rather than as a messenger of lyrics. There are crisp sounds that juxtapose with the muddled sound of ‘alternative’ that give the song a lot of character. “Rooms of the Indoors” is a very soothing song, and is a good choice for the title track. It is gentle and serene, and accurately describes most of what is found on this album (save for the bursts of harsh feeling that come every so often).
I find I usually enjoy short songs the most, and “Through the Trees” is no exception. This song has such an interesting industrial themed melody, with off tempo beats, such that it really captured my attention from the very first notes. The drums are good here too, and play a big part in giving the song its cool sound. “Gray Clean Suit” has some remarkable lyrics, and tells an intricate story meant to be heard by everyone. This one should be enjoyed and replayed a few times to truly appreciate it’s full impact and power.
I think this is a good debut from The Soldier Story. It’s definitely a good soundtrack for quiet introspection and is particularly useful for those who appreciate hearing a good life story translated in music. I liked the vocals and the instrumentation the most. Some of the songs seemed like filler, but in the context of the whole album, still work well and are, at the very least, well-placed. Give this a listen on a cold or quiet day and see how the mood fits you.
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