Despite how extreme the band’s name seems to be, I can promise you, their music fits just right.
I was given the privilege of getting to review Texas’s very own This Will Destroy You and their brand new album, Another Language, which means I was also given the whole album to listen to before it’s official release on September 15th.
I can gloat about that, right?
I’m entirely in love. I’ve had the album playing every moment I can get, simply because it’s just that good. And, I’ll admit, I’m the kind of person who would listen to just about anything, but there’s something about this whole album – from the soft, soothing, echoing guitar at the beginning of New Topia, courtesy of Christopher King and Jeremy Galindo, to the almost war-like march of the drums in Invitation, thanks to the incredible drumming skills of Alex Bhore – that just makes me crave more.
While a lot of the songs are similar, they each hold something entirely their own, despite not even having lyrics to differentiate between them. My heart holds a soft spot for instrumental music, making things so much more personal, like these songs were written just for me. New Topia, for example, is the very first song on the album. It comes to five minutes and twenty-eight seconds of music that reaches out to you, luring you in, until you’re curled up in it’s warm embrace, safe and sound. It’s beautiful.
There’s something deeper, though. A lot deeper than I’m sure any of us, except for the band members themselves, can imagine, portrayed in moments of warped clarity, and heavy, pounding drum beats. Music is, has, and always will be a gateway to emotions, and the human soul, and Another Language captures that perfectly. Each of the nine songs has a story to tell, and each story is tragic; though the haunting, earthy undertones are what keep it all grounded, bringing it to life, and giving it an unstoppable energy that has yet to be matched.
When I was given this album, I was also given a lot of details about the band itself. After realising what they had been through since their beginning in 2006 (almost breaking up, losing band members, some incredibly difficult times, constant moving around to meet their fanbase’s demand, a daunting pressure to maintain their accomplishments, and a multitude of other things), I finally understood what this album was all about.
It’s a rise. Like a phoenix from the ashes, or a soldier after war, that’s what the songs have in common – each one is a victory, one right after the other, showing us that This Will Destroy You are ready to come back, and they are stronger than ever. The album showcases a series of highs and lows, from soft tubular bells and singing strings, to the heart-pounding work by bassist Donovan Jones, keeping each note rooted deep in your soul.
Like I mentioned earlier; I’m entirely in love. I can’t wait to hear more.