Scottish rockers the Twilight Sad are back with another set of sunken-hearted, sky-scraping guitar anthems. Propulsive guitars, swirling guitars, and crooning vocals, make for obvious The National comparisons. There is also a heavy dose of Joy Division/Interpol (redundant) in the mix as well. This album finds the band weaving post-punk and new wave elements into their shoegaze-inflected epics, topped off by James Graham’s world-weary vocals. Kinda Debbie-Downer vibes (I mean, the word “sad” is in their name, and check out that bleak album title), but they can’t all be up-beat numbers.
RIYL: The National, Interpol, Joy Division, The Dears, Frightened Rabbit
Play: 1, 2, 3, 5, 4, 8