“breathe” is the 5th studio album from math rock, pop punk, and emo band Tiny Moving Parts. Their earlier work proves them as one of the more tolerable emo groups of this decade. But on their last record “Swell” all of the grit was completely gone, and the emotion was lacking. And that pretty much continues onto this record. This record is just as overproduced and bland as it’s predecessor. To be fair, i think most of the math rock passages on here are pretty great. I love their complicated guitar licks and the groovy drums. However most of these passages are ruined by the incredibly processed lead vocals. I thought it was only Blink 182 doing this but TMP is doing it almost just as much. Every track on here pretty much follows the same formula. (Math rock verse-Pop Punk Chorus-math rock verse- pop punk chorus- (some post hardcore shit) - pop punk chorus). And the songs get repetitive even on the second track, as well as the lyrics which constantly repeat the same topics such as love, dying, and for some reason they like talking about body parts...
However there are some moments i do enjoy. Again the math rock riffs are really cool and their production is pretty thick and well mixed. I think “Icicles” and “Polar Bear” are alright. They have some decent hooks and some of my personal favorite guitar licks happen during these songs.
It’s unfortunate that a band with a pretty cool sound and a sound that I would usually really enjoy falls so flat on its face. However I still will check out their future releases in hope that they bring a more natural, less obnoxious sound.
Review By - Riley Schmedeman (@captainschmedes)