Touche Amore – Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
Record Label: Deathwish Inc.
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Touche Amore have truly found their place in the hardcore/heavy scene within the past two years. Their debut record, To the Beat of a Dead Horse, turned a lot of heads, as did their following splits with La Dispute and Make Do And Mend. Now, sticking to the same critically acclaimed sound and formula, Touche Amore haven’t wasted any time cranking out their sophomore record, the cathartic Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me. Recording the record with no technical effects and in just five days with Ed Rose, Parting is raw to the bone. The result of this is one of the most endearing and truly therapeutic records of the year, as Jeremy Bolm leaves everything on the table – and then some.
Containing a total of 13 tracks, this record clocks in at just twenty minutes, with each track being quick and to the point. Touche have really refined their sound this time around, both vocally and musically. Bolm’s screams sound better than ever, still containing the raw edge only more refined. The musicianship also excels here; Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt shred track after track (“Crutch” and “Home Away From Here” come to mind), and Elliot Babin controls every bang of the drums, as heard throughout “The Great Repetition” and the chaotic “Uppers / Downers.” Tyler Kirby’s bass also backs the sound of the record.
Lyrically, Parting the Sea contains the most sincere and candid writing of Touche Amore to date. On the opening “~” Bolm bellows, “If actions speak louder than words / I’m the most deafening noise you’ve heard” over some of the best instrumentation on the record. “Late nights and all night drives are reminders why I’m alive” is roared on the nomadic “Pathfinder” over thick guitar riffs, another straightforward look into Bolm’s vulnerable mind. It’s moments like this that prove how truly unlocked Touche Amore are with their music, bearing it all to listeners, truly holding nothing back.
Touche Amore also experiment with varying song techniques throughout the record, evolving their instrumentation throughout “Sesame” and incorporating piano on the breathtaking “Condolences.” On the latter, Bohm screams, “If you fantasize about your funeral, I understand / I’ve been there before” over a soft piano melody, creating the most haunting moment on the record. As the record closes with the optimistic “Amend,” it’s clear that Touche Amore really have grown within the past two years between their debut record and now. It’s evident from the musicianship, from the instrumentation, from the lyrics, and from the vocal delivery that Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me is a record of progression and refinement; released halfway through 2011, it will go down among the best of the heavy hitters this year.
I just got into these guys within the last 2 weeks. I was blown away by this album, and the lyrics are some of my favorite I've ever heard. Got to see them on Saturday, and it was such a passionate and perfect performance. One of the best in this genre, hands down.
really? my favorite lyrical hardcore record this year...
The first half of The Great Repetition is an example, it sounds cheesy to me. I had the same issue with TTBOADH; I really like the quality and sound of his voice but most of his lyrics rub me the wrong way.