Who Should Buy This: Alternative music fans, people who appreciate quirk, and deep-thinkers
Album: Lost in Translation
Artist: New Politics
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
Music Rating: 8/10
Lyrics Rating: 8/10
Sounds Like: The Griswolds, The Mowgli’s, WALK THE MOON
Best thing About this Album: The eclectic creativity musically, and depth that is explored lyrically.
One thing I wish was different: I think that my personal distaste for children’s vocals on music intended for an adult audience is well-documented at this point. 😆So, while I understand and appreciate the intention behind the ending of CIA, I would’ve loved the execution of that track 10x more had they excluded the auto-tuned, prepubescent singing. That being said, I’m sure most people are not as annoyed by that as I am, and I fully acknowledge my preexisting bias. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Website: New Politics
Favorites: One of Us, Color Green, Lifted, Istanbul, Clouds
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
New Politics are back, and they are packing a punch with ten diverse, yet consistent alternative tracks in Lost in Translation. Each track is entirely unique, but all carry the same explosive creative energy that can’t help but make you become invested in whatever narrative they are telling.
With prominent and widely varying pianos, horns, bass, and percussion, fans of alternative music are almost guaranteed to find something on the album to suit their musical preferences.
Although some might find the whole album off-putting for the very reason of musical diversity, I personally loved watching the band explore the far-reaching facets of their musical identities.
If you’re in it for lyrical content, New Politics have got you covered. By balancing the energetic music with messages of substance and anchoring the music with lyrical depth, the album escapes the trap of falling into the realm of fleeting or frivolous entertainment. This is really an album that you can sink into and think about if you are so inclined. That being said, it absolutely does not take itself too seriously, nor does it ever dig so deeply that it loses touch with its sense of fun.
Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better lyrical sample of the whole album. Take a look and then take a listen!
“I’m best friends with my shadow. There’s no more room on this pedestal.” — CIA
“Everybody’s skin is different, not their bones.” — One of Us
“I’m not cut out for heaven, and I’ll be just fine lying next to you.” — Tell Your Dad (feat. Rivers Cuomo)
“You gotta love yourself ‘fore you love somebody.” — Madeleine
“Color green, color green. The grass is red from all the cherry trees.” — Color Green
“I’m on a lifeboat, a lifeboat. This lifeboat is sinking.” — Lifeboat
“I will not wait for the skies to fall.” — Lifted
“When you turn the page, there will be different words.” — Istanbul
“Far from the truth, but it was no lie.” — East Coast Thrilla
“Maybe I can’t see the stars for clouds, but I know they’re out there.” — Clouds
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting New Politics by purchasing the album from their website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.