Who Should Buy This: Alternative music fans, intellectuals, and people who like sound that inspires movement
Artist: Vinyl Theatre
Genre: alternative, indie, pop
Music Rating: 10/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Sounds Like: COIN, Grouplove, The Mowgli’s
Best thing About this Album: This album is a fantastic balance of pure sonic joy, intellectual integrity, and thoughtful provocation.
One thing I wish was different: This is definitely going to be one of my favorite albums of the year, so I selfishly wish it was longer than nine tracks. If I get really picky, the microcosmic lyrical structure is more technically satisfying than the macrocosmic verbal structure.
Website: Vinyl Theatre
My Favorites: New Machines, Speak My Mind (but actually, all of them)
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.
In a social landscape where the music industry seems to be moving away from albums and physical sales, and more towards singles and streaming, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find an album with such consistently fantastic calibre of musicality and substance. This album is one of the gems that shines through the noise of one-note compilations and maintains quality throughout the whole collection.
To off-set consumers’ modern trend of more bite-sized consumption, we got the first four singles from Origami at the same time, serving to introduce us to the album in a smaller, EP-sized sample platter. With four incredible, intelligent, and catchy tunes served upfront, I had high expectations for what was to follow. Amazingly enough my expectations were met, and even exceeded with the completion of the full album!
Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better sample of the whole album lyrically. Give it a look. Give it a listen. You won’t regret it!
“I’m facing giants alone, but it never seems to get bills paid.” — My Fault
“We face a sea of trials miles high.” — Day In Day Out
“We stand on the shoulders of giants trying to reach the great unknown.” — New Machines
“What’s the point of a memory now if I’m only gonna lose it?” — 30 Seconds
“Maybe I’ll escape this prison in my headspace if I just speak my mind.” — Speak My Mind
“Nobody knows exactly what color your eyes are.” — The Island
“Suddenly I wanted to change, but I won’t. I won’t pull your weight.” — Pull Your Weight
“There’s no time for us to fail. We soon turn to dust. Fade away.” — Fade Away
“We walk the same ground and make same sound. Nothing ever is new.” — Thank You for the Good Times
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Vinyl Theatre 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.