ALBUM REVIEW: Wallflower – Teach Yourself To Swim

Credit: Promo

Release Date: June 5th 2020
Label: Unsigned


Taking time to craft their debut full-length, Wallflower have taken inspiration from a multitude of artists and expanded on their previous themes of existentialism and purpose to create ‘Teach Yourself To Swim’.

Striving for a timeless quality, Wallflower dip into various shades and tones to present a flowing collection of tracks.

Tentative guitar melodies and rapid fire lyrics dictate opener ‘A Parody Of…’. Taking a risk with kicking off their debut full-length with a slow burner, Wallflower soon explode with bouncing riffs and crushing melodies. In less than five minutes, vocalist Vin Moreira-Yeoell displays shades of desperation, fragility, and defiance.

After the post-rock leanings of ‘A Parody Of…’, jittering guitars and towering drum beats give ‘Eat Away At My Heart’ a buoyant energy. Whilst the track draws comparisons to acts such as Radiohead, the underlying charm of Moreira–Yeoell and the shimmering melodies of Jake Reburn and Sam Woolley help the track move past the similarities.

As the record progresses, it becomes evident that Wallflower work extremely effective as a cohesive unit, with tracks such as ‘Dread’ hinging on Will Slane‘s memorable bass line or the textured and haunting soundscapes created by Reburn and Woolley that form the core of ‘Anacrusis’.

As the record progresses, the quintet’s blueprint slowly expands. From the twisting guitar solo on the aforementioned ‘Anacrusis’ and the art-rock leanings of ‘Doom In Your Head’, ‘Teach Yourself To Swim’ stretches its horizons subtly.

The most abrupt change may be with lead single, ‘Hungry Eyes’. Filled with crunching guitars, off-kilter melodies, and a devastating chorus, the track shows a heavier side of Wallflower that had only been hinted at previously. Contrastingly, following number ‘Passer-by’ dives headfirst into post-punk inspired dream pop as lush synths dictate Moreira-Yeoell‘s vocals.

After the pop-rock burst of ‘On & On’, ‘The Distance’ drops the tempo down to bring the focus back on the combination of Moreira-Yeoell‘s passionate vocals and winding melodies to create a track that ebbs and flows seamlessly.

Closing on the shoe-gaze tinged ‘take, take, take.’, a punk twist is added the quintet’s melody driven core. Displaying yet another avenue for themselves, Wallflower conclude their debut full-length with an eye on their next possible chapter.

Displaying a sonic restlessness alongside a dynamic vocal range, Wallflower have refined their song writing, and with ‘Teach Yourself To Swim’ the quintet touch upon a variety of sounds to create their own.