Review: The Technicolors' "Metaphysical"

Words by Corinne Bates

I get really excited about new music from my favorite bands. The first listen is very important to me. I want to absorb it all at once. Often I will lock myself in my room and put it on and just listen to it. If it makes me want to dance, I will get up and dance. If it makes me want to cry, I’ll do that too. I just want to hear the entire album from start to finish without distraction.

I first became a fan of The Technicolors when they ended up going on tour with another of my favorite bands, The Maine, on tour. The first album I listened to was Ultraviolet Disguise and I was hooked. I loved the guitar parts, the lyrics, and of course Brennan’s voice. I’ve been waiting for another album since 2015 and here it is.

Metaphysical came out July 7th and I had been counting down to this for weeks. So I did what I often do. I went in my room, closed the door, put on the album, and just listened. I heard the first few notes and smiled. "Neon Roses" begins with a fuzzy guitar riff and just goes up from there. Soaring as the bass, drums, and vocals join in that catchy riff. It builds perfectly, and sets a great tone for the rest of the record. It’s rare that I listen to an album and genuinely enjoy all of the songs. There are usually fillers somewhere in the middle that are easily skipped, but Metaphysical doesn’t have these. All twelve songs have their own unique feeling that make it into the balanced compilation it came out to be.

The record slides from one track to the next. Not quite picking up where the last song left off, but definitely building on it. The synths in songs like Fall Off the Moon add depth to the otherwise guitar-heavy sound.

I knew I loved the album the first time I heard it, but this was cemented when I listened to it on a long drive to Austin. I planned on only listening to it once, but as it came to an end I couldn’t help but go back to the beginning and listen to it again. Sweat stuck with me even though I’ve heard it before on one of their EPs. It was just at the right point in the album. The song just feels like the dog days of summer when everything is harder to do and the air is thick. It’s slow and rhythmic at the beginning and grows with a soaring chorus, but the vocals keep a thick smooth tone throughout. The final song on the record, which also happens to be the title track, _Metaphysical_ ties it up perfectly. It has the roughness from "Congratulations, You’re a Doll", and the smoothness of "Sweat" wrapped up into one song.

It’s not just the vocals, or the lyrics, or the guitar, or any one thing that makes me want to listen to this album over and over again. It’s the perfect combination of every aspect. The production with the synth and the effects push it to another level. It is a fully thought out and planned piece of work. From the first song to the last, no song feels like it is missing anything. It is the kind of sound that you can feel when you listen to it. It surrounds you like a thick fog.

I want to be able to tell you the technical reasons I love this album. To be able to explain the musicality, to put it into a description everyone can understand. But that’s not how music works. The reason I love this may be the same reason someone else doesn’t. This goes for any band and any album. You will always be able to find someone who loves it and someone who hates it, and both of them may even have perfectly sound arguments. My only request it that you take time to listen to records all the way through, and maybe you could start with this one.