Transparent Walls is a duo from Toronto and they just released Wonderful World. This short EP is all over the place stylistically and sounds like completely different acts. They go from Techno 101 to playing lethargic sounding indie rock.
Up first is “My Soul” which is the highlight on the EP. Despite the guitar that is slightly out of tune and the deflated sounding drums I liked the song. The vocal harmonies work well but I could barely understand a word because of their accents. There are also some issues with timing on this song.
Up next is “Stars in the Sky” which is where I started scratching my head. The percussion on this track is so oddly distracting and prominent it's like it wasn't even supposed to be there. It’s a decent vocal performance but there are some sour notes.
The title track is where everything goes off the rail in terms of style. It revolves a basic 4/4 techno beat. I couldn't make out a single word on this track but it wasn't only because of the accent. “The World has Changed” is another techno/dance track. The songs oscillating synth tries to find some balance between the beat. “Take a Leap of Faith” contains too much distortion with vocals that are on top of the mix while. “Stars in the Sky - Russian(Kseniya)” is a decent track but again has that odd percussion that sounds like he is hitting pots and pans.
Transparent Walls is a duo that has some potential but still needs a lot of work. Making sure the guitars are tuned and that they are in time are the fundamentals that they will want to make sure they address. The other thing is finding a way to combine these disparate styles into something that defines their sound.
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