Heyrocco
Teenage Movie Soundtrack


4.5
superb

Review

by Trevor Schneider USER (17 Reviews)
March 19th, 2017 | 39 replies


Release Date: 07/10/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “My parents never see me win at anything.”

High school sucks. Whether it’s something you’re currently experiencing, on the cusp of experiencing, or have previously experienced, its agonizing nature is almost universally agreed upon. And yet, high school has nonetheless carved out an interesting space for itself within popular culture, its torturous idiosyncrasies spawning countless movies and TV shows that transcend generational. Born of this phenomenon, high school nostalgia has long been a driving force in the music industry, leaving its mark on genres from 90s alt-rock to mid-2000s emo. Relatable to teenage listeners and curiously nostalgic to older ones, these songs about a time we all wish we could forget have proved ubiquitous and highly successful; yet, despite their widespread nature, few albums have more fully succeeded in capturing the true spirit of high school than Teenage Movie Soundtrack.

Throughout the record, Heyrocco’s underlying lack of pretension emerges as their defining trait. Never once do they attempt to make some grand statement about adolescence; rather, they simply describe it in all of its painful glory. “Loser Denial,” equal parts charming and gut-wrenching, sets the stage for the record by relaying feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness. Though said topics are by no means novel or earth-shattering, these guys simply sell it. A deliciously awkward sundae topped with strained and anxiety-riddled vocals, fuzzy Blue Album power chords, and surprisingly personal and well-written lyrics, this is a record that succeeds thanks to an overwhelming abundance of passion and care. Rather than taking the standard "woe is me, life is hard” route of many of their contemporaries, Heyrocco’s lyrics are detailed and honest, immensely relatable in their portrayal of the adolescent mind. The double entendre-laden “Melt,” for example, takes the quintessential first love trope in a far more engaging direction. Laced with a sheen of awkwardness and self-doubt, it explores the ins and outs of a young mind; rather than simply stopping at “I love you,” the track gives deeper insight into the emotions and intricacies of what love entails.

A record can’t get by on lyrical themes alone, so Teenage Movie Soundtrack's abundance of hooks proves important in ensuring its memorability. However, catchy as their music may be, Heyrocco never seem to be forcing pop elements into their songs or vying for a radio hit. Rather, the hooks flow organically, seldom clashing with the tone or topic of their respective tracks. “Loser Denial,” “Mom Jeans,” and “Happy” boast killer hooks, yet they’re all decidedly understated, ensuring the awkwardness of the lyricism never extends to the songwriting itself. The concise runtime breezes by with nary an out-of-place moment, almost addicting in its replayability.

If I had to pinpoint a single flaw, it’s simply that Teenage Movie Soundtrack can occasionally be too high school. “Virgin,” which unsurprisingly tackles the topic of being a virgin, doesn’t really do anything particularly memorable with its subject material. Instead, it projects little more than the impression of vague annoyance--“teenagers suck” is a perfectly reasonable assertion, but not an especially compelling one. With that being said, it's hard to find any substantial fuel for criticism with a record this damn earnest. I suppose it’s not perfect, but it doesn’t strive to be; rather, Teenage Movie Soundtrack is exactly what its title would suggest, an ode to adolescent growing pains and teenage uncertainty. And, by that standard, it couldn’t be more successful.



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Ebola
March 19th 2017


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For Frippertronics' random album review game.

Despite the fact that this was randomly assigned to me, it's easily gonna go down as one of my favorite records of the year. Perfect emo as far as I'm concerned.



C/C welcomed and appreciated.

ianblxdsoe
March 19th 2017


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

solid review, this sounds like the exact album i need in my life at the moment lol i'm gonna check it, pos'd

Digging: Atalanta - Tainted

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2017


12934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude so glad ya dug this! really solid review too man tho i'm sad you didn't mention my favorite song on here 'Elsewhere'. one quick edit tho:



"so the abundance of hooks Teenage Movie Soundtrack has to offer prove important in ensuring its memorability." did you mean often instead of offer? either way it's phrased strangely.



posd tho man good stuff



Digging: Atalanta - Tainted

Ebola
March 19th 2017


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oops, you're right; that's worded strangely. Thanks for the feedback and kind words!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2017


12934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no prob man. hopefully more people check this now!

AngryLittleAlchemist
March 21st 2017


1770 Comments


This was a good review and I'll probably be checking this out. I do think you said "Young mind" a lot and ironically I think the review tried to sell them as super brilliant despite you in your own explanation saying they're just blatant and honest. It was just a lot of dancing around for what looks to be just a really good adolescent indie album, but i'm glad you gave really detailed descriptions. Have a huge pos!

Ebola
March 22nd 2017


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I appreciate the feedback, though that phrase was used only once.

kascetcadettt
March 22nd 2017


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wtf drop a dl link for this

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


12934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

spotify yo

kascetcadettt
March 22nd 2017


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haven't found it back then

kascetcadettt
March 22nd 2017


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

spotify is sum american legal shit

kascetcadettt
March 22nd 2017


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

someone buy it on itunes and upload to zippyshare

kascetcadettt
March 22nd 2017


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

come on con u have a lot of money

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


12934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

do i??

kascetcadettt
March 22nd 2017


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ur an architect and u like childish gambino, there's no way ur not rich

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


12934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not an architect yet tho ):

kascetcadettt
March 22nd 2017


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ur prob one of those dudes who act like their money is a burden

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


12934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have u tried soulseek

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2017


12934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude i'm a college student i'm broke af.

kascetcadettt
March 22nd 2017


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it wasn't on soulseek a month ago, don't wanna try now especially when u almost agreed to buy it and share with everyone, ur a real commie



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