Loud and sad, Movements unveil their debut album – Feel Something.
It is hard to find a band right now who have as much potential as Movements. Following the popularity of their 2015 EP, Outgrown Things, the band settled down to record their first studio album and boy, what a triumph it is.
Their latest work, Feel Something, follows the same blueprint of their first EP; playing loud and sad music, beautifully. The album kicks off with Full Circle and immediately we are greeted with the sound of a guitar which sets a quick pace. From here we are introduced to the vocals of Patrick Miranda for the first time. His voice slips effortlessly through the opening verse and builds with an energy which leaves you enthused for what is to come. As his vocals disappear briefly, a short chord progression clears the pallet and we are off into a chorus that showcases the pained side of his voice. The diversity in vocal style is one of the most unique elements of the band. The outro of the song illuminates the spoken word style vocals that the band have in their arsenal, providing a chilling ending. Full Circle has such an important job in terms of setting a precedent for the rest of the album. Miranda speaks of being able to “see back to what he used to be”, the immediate message of the album appears to highlight the importance of rebuilding the pleasures of the past and trying to unpick the destruction that surrounds them in the present. Only a band like Movements would be able to execute this through sound and they do so impeccably.
Third Degree provides an air of positivity to the album, a sound that is not always associated with the band. The cries of “keep you close to me” ring heavy in the ears, it is hard to escape from singing it in your head for hours on end. Daylily is an exercise in fantastic lyricism, the song is light-hearted and the words dance over the intricate notes. Similes of being like the “rustling leaves” and the “honeysuckle breeze” provide fantastic imagery which illuminates the creative beauty of the band. The track is an enjoyable listen and once again show the optimistic undertones of the album.
Next up is the lead single Colourblind, there is immediate vigour in this one. The opening verse does a great job of building into the chorus – this runs through a couple of times. However, the breakdown of the song sees Miranda’s vocals shift once again and burst into a desperate scream. I can see why they chose Colourblind to be the lead single, it is a well-rounded song and offers a shock factor upon first listen. The release of this song certainly did a great job in peaking my interest.
Deadly Dull, my favourite track from the release, is nothing short of a masterpiece. I understand that the song discusses the negativity of illnesses such as Dementia, underlining the struggles of watching someone slip away from their former self. Naturally, the song starts in a sombre manner. Softly, Miranda’s vocals join the guitar and drums in swaying through the opening verse. The pre-chorus describes this character as having a “sword stuck in its sheath”, with a “sharpened mind” which has now been “clouded and diseased”. These intricate descriptions can only leave one to assume the immense pain of having to experience this first hand. The rhetoric of the chorus asks “what is it like to be erased? To wake up with a clean slate”, again a lyric that resonates profoundly with the listener. After the chorus, the band falls into yet more spoken word, the vocals becoming more desperate as if trying to understand what is going on, with the backing vocals stretching back and forth it does a fantastic job of evoking emotion. I struggle to do this song justice with my words, I urge anyone and everyone to give this one a listen.
Fever Dream is an acoustic number, there is something very chilling about it. The simple acoustic guitar and delicate vocals lead to an eerie yet calming listen. A nice break in the album. Suffer Thought and Under the Gun do a great job in experimenting with intensity. Both tracks keep the listener gripped throughout the whole song and again include some interesting lyrics. Deep Red is another song that dabbles in the experimental, the throbbing baseline opens up the song and blends with soft vocals impressively but, once again, the band cannot help but burst into a huge chorus.
Overall, the album offers a little bit of everything. No one track follows the same mould, all experiment with the sound of the band in a refreshing manner. But most importantly, I can sense the love these guys have for creating music. I feel as though this album is going to grow on me even further.
If this wasn’t enough to persuade you to pick up a ticket to see them supporting Knuckle Puck in December, I don’t know what more I can do for you. Feel Something is the perfect example of a band finding their sound, I haven’t heard an album that excites me as much as this one does for a long time. Mark my words, big things are coming.