It's sounding like 1988 again with In Letter Form's new LP, Fracture. Repair. Repeat.
The experimental post-punk band takes heavy influence from the classics of the genre, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Cure, etc. The album is a loving tribute to the post-punk style, drenched with distortion and echo, complete with a deep-voiced staccato lead vocal from singer Eric Miranda.
This album puts a smile on my face. The sound and attitude is purely old-school The theme of the album is essentially about having to reflect upon your actions in the past, and how they will affect the future of others.
The album begins strong with “Face In The Crowd,” a dark, driving anthem that immediately sets the tone of the album: aggressive, nostalgic, and fierce. The song opens with a sample of a speech about the power of God, a “god of everything or nothing.” “Wait Now” brings up a fun and dancey riff, really emblematic of the style and genre In Letter Form really goes for.
Here is the full tracklist:
1. Face In The Crowd
2. Won't Get The Best Of Me
3. Wait Now
4. Audio Drones; Adagio For Terror
5. Terror (is a State of Mind)
6. High Line
7. Edison's Medicine
9. Rain Prelude
10. Reflecting The Rain
11. Mal de Mer
My personal favorite track on the album is “Terror (is A State of Mind).” Filled with a powerful, harder variation of Devo's “Whip It” drum beat, dreamy synth leads, and powerful lyrics in the hook, this song is a real stand-out to me.
“We gotta let go of the lie that love is forever when love dies,” drones Miranda on “High Line,” another great selection.
You can check out the music video for that below!
Overall, I enjoyed this album. It's a breath of old-school attitude with a fresh experimental layer and modern topics on top. The only criticism I have is that a lot of the tracks sound similar to each other, there is not a whole lot of variety on the album. It's the one nitpick I'll have with it. They found a niche and stuck to it, which isn't exclusively bad. It's a minor nitpick but it deserves to be brought up.
I'm giving Fracture. Repair. Repeat. an 8/10. It's solid, headstrong, old-school, and exciting. I can't wait to hear more from In Letter Form.
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