Tiny Moving Parts
Pleasant Living


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
September 10th, 2014 | 63 replies


Release Date: 09/09/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rare sophomore release that surpasses its predecessor in every way.

There always seems to be a great feeling of anxiety when it comes to being a fan of an up and coming band littered with potential. Bands that come up often with a moderately derivative sound that has its fair share of bright spots of originality, and just enough passion to make it work fascinate as much as they cause worry. It's hard not to expect a band of this ilk to fuck it all up and start treading water, or even worse regress. Tiny Moving parts fit into this assessment to a tee. The three piece math rockers' abrasive and twinkly guitar work matched with rough as sandpaper vocals started on their Merchant Ships worshipping debut EP Moving To Antarctica, which was pleasant enough, but left a lot to be desired. Going into their debut LP This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship three years later, Tiny Moving Parts cleaned up their sound with much improved guitar and vocal work, and an overall more imaginative sound, but a lack of cohesion between the tracks and often cringeworthy lyrics laden with high school poetry and awkward metaphors slightly held back what could have been a crowning achievement in the emo genre. Coming into their second full length release, Tiny Moving Parts have reached a make-or-break point in their career where they could tighten up their sound and stand apart from their peers, or start to tread the stagnant waters so many of their peers have drowned in the last few years. Thankfully for fans of emo and math-rock everywhere, Tiny Moving Parts' second full length album Pleasant Living is able to surpass the lofty expectations placed on the band.

There's an interlude entitled "Entrances and Exits" towards the end of Pleasant Living that perfectly encapsulates the entire record. It opens with a guitar refrain from earlier track "Boxcar" and reflective lyrics that summarize the entire record. Not only does this interlude add a much needed musical lull to the album, sum up every emotion and every feeling contained in this record, but it flows seamlessly into the next track "Skinny Veins," showing just how on top of their game Tiny Moving Parts are within the realm of crafting a perfectly cohesive sound that is unparalleled in terms of fervor and musicianship. Years of constant progression and fine tuning have resulted in an album fully realized in concept and sound that's filled to the brim with passion and stellar instrumentation.

Steady growth and unyielding enthusiasm makes it hard not to fall in love with a band like Tiny Moving Parts. Spectacular musicianship, improved vocal work, and a refined lyrical effort that compliment the passion that has always seeped through in every aspect of Tiny Moving Parts' sound makes it even harder. Containing arguably the best twinkly guitar performance since American Football's legendary self titled record, and a much improved vocal performance matched with honest, confessional, and most importantly straight forward lyrics no longer thinly veiled in clumsy metaphors, Pleasant Living stands as one of the best records the emo-revival has to offer.



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JohnnyOnTheSpot
September 10th 2014


886 Comments


sweeeet, cool to hear this is solid

"Containing arguably the best twinkly guitar performance since American Football's legendary self titled record" hmmm bold words, you've got my attention

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
September 10th 2014


886 Comments


"even worse regress.Tiny Moving parts " - add a space

also, would have liked some elaboration on the lyrical aspect as that's part of what turned me off the band initially...

but yeah I'll definitely check this

SnakeDelilah
September 10th 2014


7406 Comments


TREB WHERE IS THIS STREAMING I MUST HEAR

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2014


50432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

stream here:

http://propertyofzack.com/post/96619541688/tiny-moving-parts-stream-pleasant-living

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2014


19787 Comments


gratz on 90 reviews man

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2014


50432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks buddy, I'm gunning for the big 100

deathschool
September 10th 2014


8417 Comments


Yay! New emo Treb is satisfied with. Nice review too. Gonna have to check this.

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ExplosiveOranges
September 10th 2014


2816 Comments


Hot damn, a 4.5? This should be good. Good rev, Treb.

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Gyromania
September 10th 2014


15773 Comments


sincerely superb review. i'll check this out tomorrow

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2014


50432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That means a lot coming from you Gyro

chesse13
September 10th 2014


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Trevor does this beat hotleieier for you?

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chesse13
September 10th 2014


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Trevor does this beat hotleieier for you?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2014


50432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell nah Home Like NoPlace is my favorite album of the decade so far

chesse13
September 10th 2014


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

chesse13
September 10th 2014


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn I really like this tho and good review

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2014


10453 Comments


great review dude

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dimsim3478
September 10th 2014


5075 Comments


one of your best reviews in a while treb. keep up the longer pieces man!

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TheSpirit
September 10th 2014


17883 Comments


Yeah this rules, but I'm not sure if i like it more than their first album. I've only listened to it twice tho

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chesse13
September 10th 2014


3427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Called you Trevor on accident sorry autocorrect

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2014


50432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been called Trevor before



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