Review Summary: A pop band, thinly veiled under the 'progressive rock' label
Press To Meco specialize in pop music, but impatient listeners won’t be finding this out anytime soon. The band’s debut release launches with its least alluring quality-- curiously placed progressive metal riffs, which function as a red herring to the group’s true sound. It feels like Press To Meco is striving to be a Closure In Moscow-lite band that wears its diverse influences on its sleeve, but this sense of identity crisis diminishes Affinity’s potency more than anything.
And the tragedy of Affinity lies herein: the release’s derivative nature will lead many to disregard it. The most vibrant moments of the EP are where Press To Meco’s knack for melody bursts through the otherwise monochrome palette. The greatest example doubles as the album’s strongest song-- “Wasting Time” has enchanting vocal melodies, to the extent that the track would be perfectly fine without any other worthwhile contributions. But Press To Meco still arranges a background of stunning atmosphere, which marries the vocal interplay with an infectious flair.
At least the band knows to recognize vocal harmonies as its high points, despite the flat musicianship used to glue them together. And really, these transition points are as cookie-cutter as they come-- this works in Press To Meco's favor, though. The chug-heavy riff towards the title track's conclusion is redundant-- something we’ve all heard from the new wave of Meshuggah-worshipping metal acts-- but it works for “Affinity,” because we know what to expect. It simply makes the most sense for Press To Meco to utilize the most accessible elements of all its influences, because this album is, at its core, as poppy as they come.
Thanks Sitar. I definitely have a thing for longer reviews (like my Baths one omg,) and it can be tough being succinct when you have a lot of ideas floating around. With this EP, I have less music to write about, so writing succinctly comes more naturally.
I'm starting to move towards shorter reviews, but I'm finding that it's harder than I'd ever expected! Haha, maybe I'll get the hang of it by the end of summer.
Oh man. That is a hilariously unfortunate translation.
So we're in quite the pickle, aren't we? The band is apparently only selling the EP from their website, and it's only streaming on Spotify. Which means, I guess, that if you don't live in the U.S. or Canada, you would just have to buy it to listen to it??