Pianos Become the Teeth
Wait For Love


4.5
superb

Review

by Sebastian USER (76 Reviews)
February 16th, 2018 | 202 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A triumph, and an important one at that.

It’s been a week now that I’ve had the pleasure of becoming accustomed with Wait For Love (don’t tell the government that though), and yet I still struggle to put into words just how powerful this album is. It’s everything Keep You should have been; instead of stuck between a transition period, Wait For Love is a statement. A powerful, expansive magnum opus that strings you along with beauty and leaves you begging for more. It’s expansive, beautiful, a complete package. And it’s one of the most important listens of the year.

Huh. I guess that wasn’t so hard.

Wait For Love, compared to the rather slow burn of Keep You, is a massive album. Pianos Become The Teeth have completely rid themselves of (the admittedly excellent) melodic hardcore sound of The Lack Long After, and sound far better for it. Wait For Love ebbs and flows without a care, mixing post-rock leanings with alt-rock to create an atmospheric environment that calms rather than overwhelms, but still has the trademark Pianos sound. ‘Fake Lighting’ opens the album with rather intricate drums that are broken up with expansive passages of far-away guitars, lead by a confident vocal performance from Kyle Durfey. Gone is the uneasy, low-key vocals of Keep You, and in its place is a confident, fully realised performance that propels the album further than it could ever had with his previous vocal style. Although his pained harsh vocals are noticeably absent, the contrast his purely clean vocal style brings is important to the album. His delivery on slower cuts like ‘Dry Spells’ and the cave-esque ‘Bay of Dreams’ showcase this brilliantly, allowing his rather enticing voice to breathe life into a band who was on the brink a mere two years ago.

And the instrumentals are no slouch either. They easily transition from merely a background element to an important centrepiece, allowing each song to sound like their own without needing a sudden shift in environment. The post-rock vibes to the guitars add surprising depth on songs like ‘Love On Repeat’ as they juxtapose Kyle’s vocals perfectly, never overpowering but daring to do just that. Percussion is plentiful, and still leaves the album on the verge of old sounds, such as on track ‘Manila’, but thankfully maintains a measured demeanour while still sounding adventurous. The bassline, which is thankfully abundant, provides a much needed darker tone without overpowering; a looming evil that stays in the shadows and contrasts much of the album, even with its already slower feel.

It’s important to note, then, that Wait For Love is perhaps the least Pianos Become The Teeth album in a long time. For a band who created an important album (The Lack Long After) and one that struggled with being one (Keep You), Wait For Love beams new light onto a band who had long been looking for that new sound. The album is dense, melodic, and beautiful, and it’s all brought together by closer ‘Blue’. A love letter to Kyle’s father, a figure very much present on previous albums, it brings the last few years of his life to a stellar close, allowing himself to finally welcome the beautiful future he has laid for himself. And the importance of this song can’t be overstated, as it’s the best representation of Wait For Love overall; a step forward in life, a beautiful statement of love, and a band who’s finally found who they are.

4.6/5

Recommended Tracks: Blue, Fake Lighting, Love On Repeat



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Drubbi
February 16th 2018


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So I'm actually not 100% on Blue yet because the lyrics haven't been put online yet, but from what I can hear that's what it is. I will correct it in the coming days if I'm wrong.



But yeah. Listen to this.

Drubbi
February 16th 2018


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also Trebor I see that 2.3.

alienobserver
February 16th 2018


4496 Comments


not fond of that album cover lmao hope i like this tho

TooLateToGoBack
February 16th 2018


1983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This review makes me very happy.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2018


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This one's gonna be divisive as fuck

Hawks
February 16th 2018


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Band rules so hard. Can't wait to hear this. m/

GreyShadow
February 16th 2018


3602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so fucking happy with this album. Probably a 4.1 or 4.2 for me currently.

GreyShadow
February 16th 2018


3602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bitter Red has been such a big grower since release. Definitely liked it then but now it's something else. Charisma was always great and gave me such high hopes for this that I'm happy to say it delivered on.



I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to hear even just one scream on here (would have fit perfectly towards the end of both Forever Sound or Love On Repeat in my opinion) but that's just a nitpick.

Drubbi
February 16th 2018


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I think the closer definitely warranted something massive, but honestly the pure clean vocals really ties it all together, especially since Kyle sounds so great.

DreamAgain
February 16th 2018


1165 Comments


I wish I could enjoy this album as much as other people do. It just makes me want to go listen to MovMou's S/T though or Appleseed's Casts Two Conversations instead.

Danred97
February 16th 2018


2472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

man, there's something about the vocals near the end of Forever Sound that hit just the right chord with me. Not even finished yet, but this album is shaping up to be great.

GreyShadow
February 16th 2018


3602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love Moving Mountains' self titled and this definitely makes me think of that

ConcubinaryCode
February 16th 2018


4991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Keep you gets too much hate. Hope this one doesn't.

DreamAgain
February 16th 2018


1165 Comments


Today was insane as far as music releases go though. Diggin these senses fail tracks and the plot in you album is great too

upintheair
February 16th 2018


455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Today was insane as far as music releases go though. Diggin these senses fail tracks and the plot in you album is great too"



Yeah, the new Senses Fail is a solid 4, for me. As far as this goes, I'm thinking a 4, also. It's a little better than a 3.5 but not quite a 4.5

Digging: AJJ - Good Luck Everybody

Faraudo
February 16th 2018


3347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album of the century.

upintheair
February 16th 2018


455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The last two tracks were definitely highlights. I may have to listen to this again to rate it.

Drubbi
February 16th 2018


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man, I hate Moving Mountains S/T, love to death their Foreword EP though.

Sinternet
February 16th 2018


21378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

man halfway through and i think this might be their best album yet

Digging: LOFT - and departt from mono games

Storm In A Teacup
February 16th 2018


26968 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My god 30 seconds in and im ready to 5 it



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