Tiny Moving Parts
Swell


4.0
excellent

Review

by ian b. USER (43 Reviews)
January 26th, 2018 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: sending applause to your heart strings.

Tiny Moving Parts is probably the most unique band of their ilk, perhaps even just because how much they’ve been able to consistently change their sound with seemingly every project over the years. Sure, it’s always been generally in the realm of emo, but Tiny Moving Parts have been one of the only bands that have been able to legitimately cross to every corner and back of emo and be able to do it successfully. This Couch Is Long and Full of Friendship was more of a familiar emo revival debut, with the traditional Snowing-isms and the overbearing American Football worship more than present than later material. They then managed to transition quite elegantly into math-emo with their sophomore outing Pleasant Living in 2014 before going straight up emo-pop punk in the vain of Jeff Rosenstock on 2016’s phenomenal maturation Celebrate. So to pinpoint where the collective would go next was quite a shot in the dark, as the imminent fear a lot of emo tinged bands get around this time rolls up as most “classic” emo bands break up after they write their second record, let alone their third or fourth. And to defy almost all expectations, Tiny Moving Parts have blossomed in an unforeseen yet sensible progression from 2016’s Celebrate with a full blown emo-revival-meets-pop record on Swell.

The approach that Swell takes is still distinctly Tiny Moving Parts, don’t get me wrong, but the overall quality and tone of their sound has a brand new sheen to it, complete with thoughtfully constructed instrumentation, refined arrangements between the three members, and the song structures are more intricate than ever before. The band certainly showed flairs of clever song composition with modern-punk staples such as “Always Focused”, “Headache”, or even “Dakota” from their previous efforts, but the band has struggled to maintain sheer consistency throughout an entire record until now. With Swell, Tiny Moving Parts have bloomed from their youthful and humble beginnings into a cool, calculated, and confident project with interesting takes on emo that sound neither too familiar nor too esoteric. They’ve mixed an entirely different crockpot of sounds that I can only really accurately describe as Remo Drive meets Enter Shikari, maybe with some Pixies and some of the more eclectic Bomb The Music Industry! sprinkled on top, and I mean that as wholeheartedly as I can mean it. The synthesizers and more explored instrumentation makes for a significantly improved and refined sound, with Tiny Moving Parts carving out their sound once and for all. From the opener and lead single “Applause” you can hear the fluidity of their progression through the familiar pop choruses and math-influenced lead guitar by Dylan Mathieson as he cranks out hook after hook with the Chevalier brothers carrying the rest of the sound off into the sunset onto Swell.

The other formerly untouched aspects of Tiny Moving Parts’ music such as the lyric-based songwriting and the instrumentation/techniques have also gotten a new makeover as Dylan’s writings have gotten more abstract and existential, evoking messages of transcendentalism and romanticism into the familiar teenage-angst already present that we still hold within us. Tracks like “Malfunction” still take genre tropes like the aforementioned teenage-angst into consideration, but make them so much fun and more entertaining than any other Brand New/Taking Back Sunday rip-off has taken them in the past decade. The simultaneous maturity shown through their steadfast rise in emo’s prominence only gives more credit to what these guys are displaying here. The band have also incorporated more conventional guitar leanings occasionally as well as the dominantly placed synthesizers that trickle all over songs like “Smooth Out”, “Wishbone”, and perhaps most notably on the album’s closer, “Warm Hand Splash” which sees the band experiment into grander music territories while Dylan cathartically cries out at topics of loss and uncertainty (even when you think you’re right) as the piece builds into a triumphant break that solidifies Tiny Moving Parts as not only the torchbearer emo has been looking for, but the torchbearer that the entire alternative/indie scenes have needed for a while now. The chords ring louder, clearer, and the cries of friendship may not be omnipresent, but this couch will always remain long and resuscitated as long as Dylan, Matt, and Will keep trudging along with their dreams on the horizon and keep the idea of slowing down on the back burner.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ianblxdsoe
January 26th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is seriously fuckin fun as shit i’ve jammed like 6 times already today. plus i read over this one over and over again so it wouldn’t be as disastrous as the (now deleted) review of 4’33” i put up last night lol. let me know if i missed anything or if theres shit to fix. ily all and i hope you guys enjoy this album as much as i do :’)

BobaFettyWap
January 26th 2018


27 Comments


Swell review. These guys are one of the only bands whose progression into calmer territory I actually enjoy. Will have to check this.


pos

soymilk13
January 26th 2018


420 Comments


THE CAUTION TAPE, WRAPPED AROUND MY BRAIN, HAS CONTINUED, TO STAY

JS19
January 26th 2018


7445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

4'33 gets misrepresented so bad by people that don't understand John Cage it's v sad. Also this is excellent and Caution makes me so happy

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2018


9239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoy these guys the more calm and melancholy they get TBH

This is their best album, Warm Hand Splash is their best song

Digging: King Krule - Man Alive!

onionbubs
January 26th 2018


12304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their best for sure this shit bangs

Digging: Copeland - Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2018


9239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also pos'd thought about comin out of my cave to review this but I'm glad ya covered it lol

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2018


57116 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoy being the featured review while it lasts hehe

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2018


9239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah tbh I expected to see a review from you first Treb

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2018


57116 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This barely leaked two days ago and I don't process music very quickly

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2018


9239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I figured you'd have gotten an advance?

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2018


57116 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah

kris.
January 26th 2018


15506 Comments


boring band

Feather
January 26th 2018


5749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

(( I want tickets to the chicago show tomorrow so bad

ianblxdsoe
January 26th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

treb pls

deathschool
January 26th 2018


25108 Comments


Oh shit, son.

Papa Universe
January 26th 2018


22505 Comments


tiny moving POS

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2018


57116 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

swell review

Crawl
January 26th 2018


2630 Comments


Love this band, but those start-stops were killing me on Celebrate sometimes. I was scared when I heard the first 20 or so seconds of Applause that the whole album is gonna be full of start-stops, but fortunately that isn't the case.

TumsFestival
January 27th 2018


2467 Comments


Haven’t checked these guys since pleasant living but I may have to change that. Another excellent review Ian posss



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