Bear Hands – “Distraction”
The Brooklyn-based group’s second album is overflowing with fast, rhythmic hooks and blaring beats. Pieced together over a three-year period, the album’s lyrics touch on a wide range of subjects from agoraphobia to failed relationships. It deftly combines attention-grabbing urgency and infectious melodies into a ball of alt-rock deliciousness.
Venturing slightly from the pop-punk sound of his previous work, Evan Weiss’ sophomore album has found new ground with much more complex production and a tone clearly influenced in part by his friend Mike Kinsella of Owen. The album is steeped in loneliness and heartfelt introspections relatable to any 20-something in the midst of figuring things out. “Intersections” is emotionally weighted and melancholic in the best way possible.
Experimental oddities and orchestral instruments come together in Ryan Lott’s incredibly dense third album. His extensive musical background is highly apparent as he successfully interweaves seemingly contrasting aspects into a masterfully arranged roller coaster of noise and texture. Son Lux has without a doubt become an expert of unconventional sound.