Between Bodies is a Beautiful Album & I Am No Longer Afraid to Review It
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die just released their latest EP Between Bodies on October 7, and given that they have the longest band name that most have us have ever heard, I felt that it would be wrong of me not to joke about it in the title. But all jokes aside, Between Bodies is an indie atmospheric rock album that deserves some attention. The group is composed of eclectic musicians ranging from guitarists to a cellist and a trumpeter, resulting in a collection of songs with an impressive variety of instrumental contributions. The band has also teamed up with spoken word poet Chris Zizzamia to add an extraordinarily creative lyrical aspect to the album. The album starts off with a song called “Blank #8 / Precipice”, a collaboration between the intro song from TWIABP’s previous album Whenever, If Ever and Zizzamia’s powerful poem “precipice” that is sure to make to hair on your arms stand up. The few first minutes of the song consist of nothing but ambient instrumental effects that draw your attention until Zizzamia utters “I’m standing on the precipice.” The song incorporates instrumentals reminiscent of the nostalgic feel of Whenever, If Ever but also connects it to the new, more mature and poetic style that is prevalent throughout the rest of the album.
”Space Exploration to Solve Earthly Crises”, the second song on the album, begins slowly with an eerie arpeggio and the poetic journey soon continues. The song drags on calmly as the backing vocals croon “the real world doesn’t want us in it”, adding a darker theme to the album, but one that is balanced out by the optimistic arguments within Zizzamia’s poetry.
My personal favorite song on the record is the third song, “If And When I Die”. The song is fast and full of energy as Zizzamia explains his belief that “No one is invincible; everyone is immortal.” The simple synthesizer lead that is played throughout the song adds a bright touch during the most intense moments of the spoken word vocals.
The band closes off the album with the song “Autotonsorialist”, and though I haven’t yet figured out what cutting one’s own hair has to do with the song, they’ve definitely ended the album on a mysterious note. The song features a shrill, high-pitched guitar riff alongside a repeating synth lead that creates a cluttered, uneasy effect until the song fades into drums and then finally silence.
Though there is not a song on the album that I don’t like, the album can be a bit slow and dragging at times, which just wouldn’t do it for someone looking to rock out. “Lioness”, for instance, is just short of two minutes of nothing but spoken word backed by echoes and other ambient noises. The words are extremely well written and powerful, though, which makes the song an awesome choice for easy listening and mellowing out.
Considering all of the various creative elements and pure music talent that TWIABP expresses in Between Bodies, I’m rating the album an 8 out of 10. Not too often do I hear a spoken word record that catches my attention the way that this one did. It’s safe to say that this band is full of musical surprises, making Between Bodies something every spoken word/indie/alternative rock/emo music fan should give a chance. The album retains pleasing aspects of their earlier Whenever, If Ever such as its pleasing instrumental ambience, while still managing to evolve into something more mature, more thought-provoking, and more intense than anything the band has released before. Though certain parts of the album feel as though they are dragging on for a while, the more captivating parts make up for it nicely, resulting in a well-balanced sequence of songs with varied moods and styles. With that being said, Between Bodies is a fresh, praiseworthy addition to the alternative music scene and definitely worth a listen.