Now performing as a trio, Too Close To Touch have been releasing surprise EPs throughout the year, each contributing towards a ‘I’m Hard To Love, But So Are You’ series.
Ending 2019 with the third instalment, the group move further away from their post-hardcore sound and much closer to pop-influenced alternative rock.
Laconic guitar melodies usher in the bounce of ‘Chasing Highs’, and, coupled with a soulful vocal hook from Keaton Pierce, it worms its way towards a wide chorus. Complete with snapping drum beats, gang vocals, and a strong coda, the chorus opens up the track and delivers on the building promise of its verse.
Mixing some angular melodies and smooth Moog chords, the bridge focuses on stacked vocal harmonies to push towards the final coda. With subtle changes and nuances kick patterns, it starts the release off on a strong note.
Continuing on the melodic rock style of its predecessor, ‘Here’s A Thought’ sits on bouncing bass lines and fluttering guitar licks as Pierce delivers a rhythmic vocal performance. Subtly moving towards a memorable half-time chorus, harmonised guitars and vocals build towards a stamping and groove flavoured hook. Not content with a strong pre-chorus and big hook, Mason Marble glides in with an emotive and screaming guitar solo before cramming in another solid chorus.
Taking the energy down, ‘Comatose’ closes the EP with ambient soundscapes and intimate vocals to show another layer to the group. Taking another left turn, haunting electronics and crunching guitars transform the track with an industrial flavoured chorus. Ramping up the dynamics further, Marble‘s lead melody fits for space amongst Pierce‘s ad-libs before diving into a swirling and dense coda.
Concise and brimming with ideas, ‘I’m Hard To Love, But So Are You, Vol. 3’ shows promise for the next step in their career, and concludes a year of constant fresh material and with it constant attention on Too Close To Touch.