Review Summary: It may not be a party album, unless it is a party of one.
Existent struggled to maintain my interest on first listen. But the more plays you allow it & the further you delve into the record, the more fulfilled you become.
The Hum Heard is my favourite song of the moment, & features a beautifully crafted clean guitar lead verse, with an emotionally charged vocal. This leads into a building chorus, which reminds me of an understated version of "got the music in you" by New Radicals.
There are plenty of well hidden hooks, subtle guitar parts and dark and sultry vocals. This record is constantly threatening or teasing the listener of an impending rocking out moment, which never arrives. What it actually delivers is uplifting post-rock riffs with gritty, measured lyrics.
It may not be an album that hits you in the face straight away, but there is plenty here to keep you listening.