New Tiny Moving Parts Record is Something to Celebrate
The new Tiny Moving Parts record may begin with lead vocalist Dylan Mattheisen aggressively yelling “Nothing’s ever good enough!” but I would argue that this record is an exception. The band released their newest LP, Celebrate, on May 20th and it consists of ten songs of emo/math rock greatness. Stylistically, this new record from the Minnesota-based three-piece has remained very similar to the sound of their previous records Pleasant Living and This Couch is Long and Full of Friendship. The songs are bursting with energy and filled with impressive guitar licks and aggressive drumbeats, and the lyrics are especially poetic and creative.
The second song on the record, “Happy Birthday”, was the first single the band released. The song has lots of energy from the beginning to the end, similar to songs released on the band’s first LP This Couch is Long and Full of Friendship. The song ends on a positive note as Mattheisen shouts, “everyday you celebrate like it’s your birthday.”
“Birdhouse”, my personal favorite song on the record, starts off with a sweet guitar riff (that Mattheisen actually explains how to play in a video) that leads into some more passionate vocals. Tiny Moving Parts’ lyrics can be a bit cheesy at times, and in this song, there is one particular line that comes to mind: “please hold me like a baby and tell me the things I need to know.” Though I’m not a huge fan of some of the band’s lyrics, their amazing instrumentals more than make up for this.
For the song “Headache,” the band released a music video that, at the beginning, poses the question: “If they had 24 hours left to live, how would they spend it?” Well, there answer was to have a party on wheels, bathe in a tub of cereal, do a polar bear plunge, shotgun beers at national landmarks, nail a trick basketball shot, literally couch surf, and ride a merry-go-round till they puke, among other things. It really seems like these guys know how to have a good time.
In general, it’s just a fun album. As its title suggests, it really is a musical celebration of life.
Check out the album here: https://tinymovingparts.bandcamp.com/album/celebrate
Image via YouTube.