“Milky Way” is a good song to open the album with. It’s composition is refreshingly simple (but in no way boring), getting you hooked in and wanting to hear what else is to come. Following this is “Blue Skies” which has dubbed by the guys at the most pop sounding song on the album. Though this is true, it shows the band can go with a different song style and not lose what they’re all about. “Floating Satellite” introduces piano and violin to the mix, creating a melancholiness to song yet not managing to make it sound depressing (which is hard to do). Horns and banjo’s come into play in “Sparro’s Recovery” and “Page I’m On,” something not typical on an “indie” album but a great addition. Besides the banjo’s and horns, New Recitals gives beautiful instrumental transition tracks like “Chin Up” and melodic instrumental intros like in “Burnadette’s Conquest.” And then there’s “Atmosphere,” a song that reminds me of good, old memories of friends, crushes and the innocence of youth.
New Recitals is a definite reflection of who the guys in the band are as individuals. Each song off the album offers you something a little something different while still keeping the album as a collective piece of art, just as each band members offers a different personality while still managing to work so well together. The band’s versatility is shown through their positive lyrics and ability to keep true to themselves despite the variation in song style. The guys in the band remind of friends and the album reminds me of memories. Coincidence? I think not! Look out for New Recitals to Attend, coming soon!