Hey; Jay again. Reviewing another great independent album in Katie’s absence.
New Design is a four piece band from Brampton, Ontario. They just released a ten track album recently called “Far From Home”, and damn it is cool.
They come from a more emo angle than the last few albums I have listened to.
Very melodic and experimental: The music is haunting yet beautiful. What I was not expecting was the occasional time change, which they handled very deftly.
New Design dropped two bands as comparison, being Moneen and Brand New. I can definitely hear the influence, but New Design are far more technical.
Track five (The Things We Can’t Forget) has an incredible two-hand-tapping part that actually surprised me: it was magical.
END THOUGHT: If you are a fan of the indi emo movement, I cannot recommend this album enough. I am enjoying this listen and I am excited to see where these talented people go in the end.
UPDATE: I am writing about a week after this review was written. I have not stopped listening to this album. It really is fantastic, and for anyone into very melodic and complex sounds.
I can confirm that, though personal doubts, it even sounds great out of horrible phone speakers.
If you do like this, comment. Let me know. I really want to find out when you recommend in the same vein.