A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?


4.5
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Review

by Connor USER (18 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2016 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gonna have some great fun while we can still be wild

I’ve always had quite the fascination with the season of summer and everything that it brings. Coming from an area where seasons are actually defined by the weather, summer always brought the bright sun and the best temperatures. Ignoring the obvious things summer delivers, the personal changes it induces intrigue me the most, prompting me to provoke these shifts in mood and attitude. As a music fanatic, I find that the best way to learn about myself and the summer activated modifications of my personality is through albums that capture the essence of summer.

So what does summer mean to AGBPOL? Based off their debut effort, Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?, summer means a lot of things to the indie rock outfit from Brooklyn, New York. Summer means “catching up on sleep”, doing “anything we want to”, and never wanting to “miss a thing”. Within this same vision of summer there’s tales of hoping that “a fake ID would be enough to make [the night] a little more lively”, and driving “for hours and hours with no direction and no goal except to act stupid”. It’s sometimes difficult to determine if lead singer Pete is describing his past summers or not, but the nostalgic lines like “back then…” and “I want to go back…” hint that most of these carefree times are behind the band. As someone who is living within these times, it’s almost a bit surreal hearing someone describe the feelings associated with the summer with extreme accuracy. Yet, the more fascinating aspect of the album is the same thing that sets this band apart from any other average indie/emo nostalgia-ridden band; the music behind the lyrics.

Soaring melodies, upbeat, crunchy percussion, and catchy guitar parts are the name of the game for AGBPOL. These aspects coupled with Pete’s laidback, baritone vocals make for not only insanely fun and appealing songs, but, more importantly, songs that are able to convey all the wistful feelings of teenage summers. Almost every song on the album has an addictive quality to it, not in the sense that you want to keep listening over and over again, but more so that you have to partake in the uplifting vocal melodies riddled throughout the album. The “oh ohs” and group vocals seen in many of the choruses portray this carefree lifestyle, and since the band isn’t holding anything back, neither will you as a listener as each chorus prompts you to join in like you’re the missing piece to the puzzle. This inviting nature is done so brilliantly, yet it’s far from overbearing or repetitive as most melodies define themselves within each song, only carrying the catchiness aspects over to the next track. The cohesiveness of the entire album is also impressive, and it’s most evident in the clever foreshadowing technique utilized through the hummed melodies on 'I Will Gobble You Up' that later reappear later in a more fleshed out, intense manner on ‘Learn to Share’. More importantly, though, is the LP’s ability to connect thematic ideas of the wonders of youth with the tedious, dull habits of adulthood. Both lyrically and melodically AGBPOL is able to string together 13 songs with great ease, making for an entertaining and exciting listen.

Individual songs do find a way of standing out, however, but because of the lack of a weak song, I’m convinced the highlights of the album boil down to personal preference. For me, I’m particularly drawn to the 2nd track ‘We Don’t Need Our Heads’, a twinkly, straightforward indie jam that really shines when the band pushes the limits of its own dynamics and concludes the song with a high energy breakdown. Slower tracks like ‘Bring Back Breakfast‘ take the necessary time to build, providing for amazing climaxes that seem to just click when they appear. Yet, the true highlight from this album isn’t necessarily an individual song, but instead it's the things I take away about myself after listening to it. So listen to this release with an open mind. It probably won’t change your life but who knows, maybe you’ll rediscover what it’s truly like to have fun.



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Conmaniac
August 3rd 2016


7154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey took me over a week to write this, finally finished. would love if you read it and gave some feedback! amazing band/album though

AsleepInTheBack
August 3rd 2016


1809 Comments


Wonderful review man, really personal without being overbearing and whilst still discussing the music in depth. Damn you and your good reviews

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2016


53514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wag



need to give this another go

Conmaniac
August 3rd 2016


7154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks Asleep means a lot

yeah do it Treb 3 is too low ):

brainmelter
August 3rd 2016


2580 Comments


nice, have a pos

Digging: Kinoko Teikoku - Long Goodbye

ashcrash9
August 3rd 2016


1592 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dig the personal style of this review, nice work, Con. Got this downloaded and will listen to it when I get the chance over the next few days.

Conmaniac
August 3rd 2016


7154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks guys. appreciate it.

and yeah let me know what you think of it when you do!

FullOfSounds
August 3rd 2016


5626 Comments


Awesome review, I'm gonna give this a go

Digging: The KLF - Chill Out

Conmaniac
August 3rd 2016


7154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks man. hope ya enjoy it

heyadam
August 4th 2016


1853 Comments


Love this record. Great review. pos

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heyadam
August 4th 2016


1853 Comments


A Few Screws Too Lose is forever a jam of mine.

HypedMerchant
August 4th 2016


424 Comments


Good review man. I've only heard their second lp and loved it, how does this one compare to you?

Conmaniac
August 4th 2016


7154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@heyadam BACK THEN OUR BONES WOULDN'T BREAKKKK....YEAHHHHHH



@hypedmerch thanks man and I actually enjoy this album a bit more. I have the other at a 4 and it just isn't as infectious imo. Snack Attack is still prob their best song but this feels more fun and more cohesive.

Spacesh1p
August 4th 2016


4303 Comments


Nice review. Only comment:

"the best of conditions temperature and sun wise"

Sounds clunky, but this is one of those things that always bothered me, the whole _____ wise phrasing.

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Conmaniac
August 4th 2016


7154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Spacesh1p yeah I noticed that while editing and I couldnt come up with a better way to say it. ill fix it up now though appreciate it

zakalwe
August 4th 2016


18673 Comments


I'm pretty sure I've said this one before but....

Have you seen my prefrontal cortex?

Yes pal it's wedged up your own arsehole.

Conmaniac
August 5th 2016


7154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im crying

why wouldn't it be in their great big pile of leaves?

ashcrash9
August 6th 2016


1592 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only 2 tracks in and I can already tell I'll be jamming this a lot for the remainder of the summer. /o/

ashcrash9
August 6th 2016


1592 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just added the 100th rating for this, nice

so yeah, I dig the laid-back vibe from this and they do it well, but I pretty handily prefer YOAMM's more upbeat consistency. Better hooks on there as well. Band is gold regardless.

Conmaniac
August 6th 2016


7154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet ash nice to hear. basically it's the opposite for me. 4.5 for this and 4.0 for YOAMM. glad you still love this tho



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