The Velvet Teen – All Is Illusory

Label: Topshelf

All is Illusory is the first album in 8 years from The Velvet Teen. They are a band with connections to the early 00’s emo scene (think Polyvinyl Records in its early days) but have always broke the boundaries of that genre. This album is no exception, with 11 very diverse songs, bookended by the two most catchy and dynamic songs on the album: “Sonreo” with a sped up player piano and a drum beat that keeps up with it, and “GTRA”, an energetic track that reminds me a little bit of “Hey Sandy” by Polaris (you know, the theme song from The Adventures of Pete & Pete, for those of you who grew up in the 90’s). Elsewhere you’ll find a couple of upbeat almost punk sounding songs, one with a vocoder that could have easily fit on ON AN ON’s first album, and a slow burning 11 minute track towards the end of the album. If you’re looking for something a little different – check out this album! It’s one of my favorites of the year so far, and there’s enough variety that I’m sure you’ll find at least one song you love.

Play: 1, 2, 4, 6, 11

FCC: 8

RIYL: Sunny Day Real Estate, Mew, ON AN ON, The Dismemberment Plan, Menomena

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