Connecticut foursome A Will Away are relatively unknown on our British shores, but in America, however, they’re starting to make quite a name for themselves. Their first two EPs, 2013’s ‘Cold Weather’ and 2015’s ‘Bliss’, gained rave reviews from critics on both sides of the Atlantic, and gave them a solid foundation to build upon.
‘Bliss’ really was the stepping stone, both musically and support wise, for them to finally take the leap in putting out their debut full-length, ‘Here Again’, and, at first listen, it might seem very similar to their previous output, but the more you listen to this record, the more you find to enjoy.
Opener ‘Here Again’ is a really good introduction for those who don’t know the band. The track starts with the jangly guitars that the fans have become accustom to. When it’s in full swing, Matt Carlson‘s vocals are just as soothing as they’ve always been. Melodically, there’s a hint of melancholy running through the track, and lyrically it’s both emotive and thought provoking. It’s basically a culmination of everything that the band has been about encapsulated into one song.
‘Better Reluctant’ is a stand out that’s reminiscent of early Moose Blood (who ironically the band are supporting over in the US right now). The vocals are slightly grittier, the music is slightly heavier, but the melody is still there in spades. It’s sure to be a fan favourite.
Sonically, the album could be one long song, and that’s not saying that every song sounds the same. There’s enough about every song on the album to differentiate them apart from one another, however, there’s an overriding theme that keeps every single song linked together.
What needs to be mentioned is that this is an album with 13 tracks of brand new material. For most bands, it would’ve been too easy to re-work and/or re-record some of their favourite material from previous EPs and slot them into a full-length somewhere. A Will Away haven’t done this, and that definitely needs to be commended.
‘Here Again’ is definitely a more mainstream progression from the band’s earlier work, and they sound all the better for it. This is how a debut album should sound. This isn’t a culmination of songs thrown together; every song has been thought through and constructed alongside one other. A Will Away will have to release something special next time around, because it’s going to be pretty difficult to top this.
Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)
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