Thanks to all who wished me the best in my (belated) return to blogging. I promise this site will be revamped under a new service and design in probably a week or two and this post is mostly just to get me into practice of writing here again. I'm not sure what the format of posts will be but since I'm used to blogging about indie rock and my favorite band of the past two years has just now sent me a press release publicizing their new album, I figure what better place for a post.
The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die are a 7 or 8 piece collective that has released a couple full-lengths, several singles, EPs, and now this, their officially second album ever, Harmlessness, and on my first two listens I'm blown away. Not that I'm surprised. I'm blown away by everything this band does. Yes, it's emo. Yes they are wearing their hearts on their sleeves with an earnestness that any cynic will dismiss before getting through their first song. Yes every show I've been to has been stocked with teenagers who like fake punk bands like (name withheld because who I am to judge) and yet... and yet... I don't know. It's the post-rock flourishes or the fullness of the sound or the chord progressions that fill every song. It's like they make music exactly on my wavelength and I can't help but be amazed. Before Harmlessness, they've probably only written 25 to 30 proper songs and yet I've listened to them over and over and over again for 2 straight years, never tiring, always wanting more. I've taken to following their recommends on Tumblr and following bands they've recommended or are tangentially related to, boasting positive (Be Still, Cody) and negative (name withheld) results. And through it all... just... yeah. I mean look at these quotes, I'm not alone here... sometimes earnestness works.
"Breathtaking." – NPR
"'Harmlessness' speaks to a utopian vision of society." - Pitchfork
"One of my absolute favorite albums of the year." - Stereogum
"The best thing they've done in their prolific career." - Brooklyn Vegan
"Come on!" -- Gob Bluth
Visit Bandcamp to listen to Harmlessness now: