Teen Daze
Themes for a New Earth


4.0
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
November 24th, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mesmerizing second chapter in a beautiful year of music from Teen Daze.

Bookending the year with their LP-pair Themes for…, Teen Daze have offered us two gorgeous perspectives: February’s Dying Earth, and now November’s New Earth. Thematically, the British Columbian project - serving as Jamison Isaak’s stage name - could have done a lot more to offer distinction, as both installments feel like trust falls into puffy clouds of beautiful electro-folk ambience. There was nothing foreboding enough about Dying Earth to provide contrast to Isaak’s latest tranquil unveiling, aside perhaps from the subtle detail that New Earth completely foregoes vocals, taking the gentle atmosphere of its predecessor and making it even more humble and serene. While S. Carey and others admittedly lent an added dimension of depth to Dying Earth, New Earth feels even more liberated with its unshackling of verbal confines – like a post-human Earth dominated by the forces and sounds of nature.

Somewhere between the pastoral winters of Horse Feathers’ House With No Home and the romantic summer evenings of Iron & Wine’s The Shepherd’s Dog exists this cozy little instrumental piece, a musical distillation of spring or autumn that blends various elements of dream-pop, indie-folk, and chillwave. Themes for a New Earth is comprised of beautiful melodies and intricate layering designed to transport you; a goal commonly achieved via stunners such as the immersively warm ‘Kilika’ and the echoed, fading ambience of forlorn moments like ‘Prophets.’ Dropping the featured acts that were randomly sprinkled throughout Themes for Dying Earth (S. Carey, Nadia Hulett, Dustin Wong, Sound of Ceres, Jon Anderson) has seemingly allowed Isaak much more room to operate, as New Earth somehow feels more intimate and expansive simultaneously. Shimmering keys and entrancing synths swirl about this album, offering an entire world – this New Earth – to get lost in. It’s dazzling but modest, and at all times a beautiful record to listen to.

Albums like Themes for a New Earth actually are not uncommon, as just about every indie-folk or ambient artist has tried his or her hand at the “instrumental nature-wave” approach. However, it’s rarely executed with such a high level of competency and creativity that the piece feels both immediately digestible yet outward-stretching in such a way that demands repeated listens. New Earth possesses an enormous array of pristine imagery, the likes of which can only be filled in by your imagination as you allow the music to envelop your senses. It may take you to the wave-crashing shoreline of the album’s artwork, or to starry nights overlooking the city skyline. Or perhaps it’s far more unassuming than that, like raindrops rolling down your apartment window or seeing your own breath on a freezing morning before school. It’s whatever you make it. It’s limitless, and that makes it new every time.




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Themes For Dying Earth

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SowingSeason
Moderator
November 24th 2017


25150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This came out last week. If you remember, Teen Daze released Themes for Dying Earth back in February. I had no idea it was going to be some kind of double album, but I'm glad I stumbled upon this. It's even better than the first installment.



You can hear the whole thing here. Enjoy:

https://soundcloud.com/teendaze



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BallsToTheWall
November 24th 2017


48188 Comments


Yeah. This sounds great so far. Also sexy review.

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kingdedethefifth
November 25th 2017


4622 Comments


Lovely review, not so lovely av.
Sounds like something I would enjoy, will check.

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 25th 2017


25150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Balls, Kingdede. Let me know what you guys think. It's probably my favorite ambient album of the year.

ps: it's hard to replace a brand new-related avatar, but I guess I'll settle for the old reliable mwY tree

Gyromania
November 26th 2017


23723 Comments


that song you posted is sublime

sounds like something i'd dig

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 26th 2017


25150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Gyro. You can stream the entire thing on the soundcloud link in my first post.

Captain Civic
November 26th 2017


342 Comments


Fantastic, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I really enjoyed Dying Earth so glad to hear this is great too.

Pho3nix
November 27th 2017


376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This seems highly interesting to me, though I think I'll check out 'Themes for Dying Earth' first!



Thank you for the review

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 27th 2017


25150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks everyone. It's certainly a pretty record and a nice piece to let play with headphones on or while in the car going to and from work/school. Just very relaxing.

budgie
November 27th 2017


3720 Comments


teen daze rulez

zaruyache
November 27th 2017


18086 Comments


sounds intriguing maybe gonna cheq

budgie
November 27th 2017


3720 Comments


check the four more years EP

https://teendaze.bandcamp.com/album/four-more-years

Pho3nix
November 27th 2017


376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this was pretty fucking good

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2017


20108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

excited to peep this, if it's as good as their last output. nice rev as always Sowing

RadicalEd
November 28th 2017


8622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a pretty nice and chill album. Gives me some feelz for whatever reason.

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BrushedRed
November 28th 2017


2585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ehh pretty equal in quality to the first album this year. Not his best work. Morning World and Inner Mansions still the best.

DrummerKrullebol
November 29th 2017


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lovely, well-written review on one of my favourite releases this year!

Stereochrome1
November 29th 2017


533 Comments


I really thought this was The Doobie Brother's "Livin' On the Fault Line" album cover for a second.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2017


20108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

albums like a breeze...

ShadowRemains
December 2nd 2017


24870 Comments


these dudes from my hometown



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