|K Sera has held that pesky "up-and-coming" title for a few years now - a good headline to have, but not a banner to cling to forever. On Collisions and Near Misses, we hear a band perfecting their craft and maturing into a professional and worthy act.|
The swanky vibe and theatrics we've come to expect are as present as ever, though the band has picked up some new tricks as well. There's been a notable increase in aggression, which works wonders on tracks like "Near Misses" and "Ambien." No matter the speed, everything sounds big and epic - foot-tappers like "True Enough To Be Interesting" hold the same weight as ballads like "St. Peter (Better Than Yours)," making for a cohesive and huge record. The combination of K Sera's progression and Producer Casey Crescenzo's involvement appear to have worked wonders, as many expected.
In the past, the sound was describable as Forgive Durden meets Pretty Odd.-era P!ATD; those sounds are still around, though I hear some Fun. (both past and present) and The Dear Hunter (unsurprisingly) as well.
My personal favorite track is "Dream, Like I Do," which adds great prog-elements to the mix. The track's massive intro leads intro a piercing verse, followed by a slower, mesmerizing chorus - it easily ranks among my top songs of the year. Hell, the track even cuts to 8-bit for a fun few moments. Very excited to premiere the song here on November 12.
I don't want to give away too much before any music is released, but watch for K Sera to go from "that one band" to "THAT band" with Collisions and Near Misses. Come back November 5 for a behind-the-scenes look at their time with Crescenzo, and don't miss the November 12 premiere of "Dream, Like I Do" - it's a doozy.