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.