'Aside/Ideal Death' opens the lp with a furiously upbeat backing track supporting the despondent lyrical theme that floats about these ten tracks. 'Misanthrope' follows, carried along by a clap beat and energetic guitars. Every number here is lush with instrumental vibrance. Trumpets, guitars, vibraphone and shakers all make an appearance, layered between the singing and building to create something that, while minimalistic on the surface, becomes beautifully complex the harder you listen. Rain sets the scene on 'The Ghoster', a cooling breather from the warm vibes inside. A foot-tapping melody on 'All is Well' backs some pretty spectacular singing and smile-inducing 'ha ha ha's. 'Mirror Talk' is most definitely my favourite track here though, I must admit. "Now you're the devil, on a funeral bed, but there’s no point in crying, because we know you aren’t dead" goes one of the lines, sang with a tired acceptance and musing a relationship gone wrong. There are subtle moments of overwhelming passion as the vocals can't contain themselves anymore, before a loud climax finishes the number. The talking at the end of the next song, 'Id', is thought-provoking and beaming with youthful insight. 'Talking Plaster Walls pt. 3' takes a break from the relative intensity of the rest of the album, and 'Dust To Dust To Dust To Dust' immediately gets your pulse racing again, surround sound proving its worth as the music surrounds you on all sides. And then, finally, the title track starts. After all the emotion and power and softness, 'Mieux' marks the beginning of the end.
As the closing build and ultimate, euphoric zenith settle for the last time, we're treated to the band laughing and congratulating themselves on what has become something so, so wonderful. Roseboro and Detrich are strong friends, and they're managed to turn that trust into a fantastically relatable record. Their bond ties these ten songs together with more than just theme and tone. They believe in what they write, and as such we too come to believe. All the things that make music great make themselves known. Honesty? Check. Originality? Check. Passion? Check. Stream 'Mirror Talk' below and head over to the link above to grab the splendour. Like I mentioned before, 'Mieux' is an absolute masterpiece!