Racing Glaciers
Caught in the Strange


4.5
superb

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
August 10th, 2016 | 87 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A gorgeous blend of highs and lows

Hidden within life’s saddest moments are often the most beautiful realizations that one can experience. It was during my most heart-wrenching breakup that I discovered my true identity and stopped trying to live up to the expectations set by everyone around me. After the death of my best friend in college, I began living every day like it could have been me at the wheel when that truck plowed into her driver’s side door, crushing her in an instant. When the world deals you a devastating blow, you have to rebound …it’s not a choice, but rather a necessity for survival. That level of tenacity, perseverance, and passion emanates heavily from within Caught in the Strange – an album ripe with emotion, pain, and the kind of triumph that results from years of fighting and scraping against the bottom before finally emerging from the wreckage as a better person than before.

Lyrically and instrumentally, Racing Glaciers conjure up memories of Futures-era Jimmy Eat World, dwelling from within a deeply sullen place while always providing just enough of an uplifting backdrop to reveal the silver lining. Vocalist Tim Monaghan always seems to be channeling from within, and his delivery makes every verse sound like a cathartic, life-altering experience. It’s not something that can be learned, and in the world of emotions and feelings, Racing Glaciers has the it factor coveted by so many bands who try to do more and end up accomplishing much less. Although this group has been present in the indie music scene since 2012, Caught in the Strange marks their full-length debut, packing years of personal experiences into one of the most acoustically spacious, effervescent atmospheres to be heard this year. There’s a sense of sonic boundlessness, as if the band has climbed aboard the balloons illustrated in the album cover and are merely describing the feelings to us musically as they float off towards the horizon.

Throughout Caught in the Strange, Racing Glaciers combine that sense of weightlessness and scenic instrumentation with down-to-Earth, deeply human emotions. It makes for a gorgeous blend of highs and lows, a blend all too relatable to the best and worst moments of our lives. This isn’t a record to play often and routinely enjoy; it’s the type of album that beckons you when life feels score-worthy. It’s what plays in the background when you see the love of your life dancing with someone else, or when you’re walking the streets of your town at 2 a.m., gazing at the stars above and wondering where you’ll end up in life. It’s the kind of music that, even if you can’t see yourself listening to it every day, carves out a permanent niche when you need an experience that can relate to your pain but still light the way forward. Caught in the Strange understands life.




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AsleepInTheBack
August 10th 2016


5999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool review, album sounds like my kind of thing

henryChinaski
August 10th 2016


4264 Comments


Hm...I might have heard that band name somewhere. That song kinda reminds of Balance & Composure, really dig it. Will check this out. Oh and also that artwork is beautiful. Nice write-up!

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henryChinaski
August 10th 2016


4264 Comments


Okay so I'm already listening the first track on repeat. I have a feeling that this is a great record.

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 10th 2016


32086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah this was definitely an impulse listen and review for me; the cover art drew me in. I listened 3 times before reviewing and am still delving into it. So far it's been nothing but beautiful and has brought the feels each time.

Digging: Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell

Taxt
August 10th 2016


1354 Comments


Sounds interesting, I'll give this a spin later.

budgie
August 10th 2016


12946 Comments


man that review was a headache

Digging: Men I Trust - Oncle Jazz

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 10th 2016


32086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

take an aspirin

budgie
August 10th 2016


12946 Comments


i like you more when you edit your posts

Asdfp277
August 10th 2016


21347 Comments


is this alt rock

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 10th 2016


32086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review sux though real talk

wwf
August 10th 2016


6410 Comments


Got me interested in the album tho

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 10th 2016


32086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mission accomplished then

ashcrash9
August 10th 2016


3084 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Diggin' this so far, nice job throwing this review out there, Sowing.

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 11th 2016


32086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, glad you like it. I'm digging it enough that I just purchased it, for what that's worth.

budgie
August 11th 2016


12946 Comments


i just purchased your mom and i'm not having a very good time for what that's worth

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 11th 2016


32086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe because she's 58. You should have purchased a 22 year old escort who looks like my avatar.

budgie
August 11th 2016


12946 Comments


i dont like blonds

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 11th 2016


32086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ariana Grande isn't blonde in the slightest lol

zaruyache
August 11th 2016


21301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ughh I keep forgetting to check this out. Their last two releases have been good.

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 11th 2016


32086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw they have an EP at name your price on bandcamp, I'll definitely have to grab that as well.



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