Runaway Brother
New Pocket


3.9
excellent

Review

by Atari STAFF
March 2nd, 2018 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Traversing past the ordinary

New Pocket is a lot different than Runaway Brother’s debut. Nothing on the whacky, yet cathartic Mother would leave one to believe a song like “All Saints Day” was around the corner for these guys. The last two-minutes is a spastic, intense pairing of bass and horns – more experimental jazz than something you could really call emo. It’s a guarantee at least several saxophones were completely worn down during the recording of this jarring number. The good news: it’s far from the only track to dive head-first into amusing experimentation for the band. New Pocket is full of unconventional tweaks - with bongos, fiddles, and saxophone outbursts when you least expect it. While their first album was a great modern take on the genre, this one is a refreshing step forward that feels less busy, yet more experimental. They’re clearly not trying to make every song sound as huge as possible here, but the more relaxed approach works in their favor.

For a band that made fun, by-the-numbers emo on their first go-around, this is a venture into more spacey and unfamiliar territory. It’s slick indie rock that often dials down the intensity -- stretching gentle instrumentals into full-fledged soundscapes. “Canopy Eyes” fits this bill proudly. Besides having a slight Elliott Smith vibe, the song smoothly blends occasional keys with guitar twinkles and the most ethereal vocal performance on the album. “No Fuzz” is another highly atmospheric cut, starting out like a daydream, but morphing into an abrasive last two minutes of guitar distortion and decidedly weird shouting. Another fan favorite is sure to be “Cats in the Sun.” Leaning more towards shoegaze at times, the bright guitar tones are simply warming to the senses. Although their debut was entertaining in its own right, it stuck firmly to the typical emo-revival formula. New Pocket is much more than that. You never really know what to expect as it plays plays out, which makes for an exciting follow-up. A sophomore slump, this is not.




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Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2018


23428 Comments


Proof I still review things besides indie-folk/singer-songwriter sometimes. Just a quick one for a cool emo album that probably wasn't going to get a review

at least as good as the debut imo, just quite different

https://runawaybrother.bandcamp.com/

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AdolfChrist
March 2nd 2018


16334 Comments


Damn, did not see it going in this direction at all. Stoked to hear it.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2018


23428 Comments


Hope u dig it man. A lot of the songs start out sounding standard enough but end up having some unexpected curveballs. A lot more experimentation than their first, but it’s often subtle

MotokoKusanagi
March 2nd 2018


1437 Comments


this sounds interesting. mother was a pretty nice record

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2018


22023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this kinda bored me on first couple listens tbh...All Saints Day is a great song tho. just wish there were more standouts

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2018


23428 Comments


there were definitely more standouts than that for me, but thanks for giving it a shot man!

I'll admit a lot of this isn't as immediate as their first album though. but each song as something kinda different going on. I like the dreamier aspect of songs like "Cats in the Sun", "Canopy Eyes", and "No Fuzz"

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2018


15960 Comments


gotta relisten to this


Sunnyvale
March 3rd 2018


802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to this now, it's really hitting the spot. Definitely a different vibe than their first album, but I really like the more chilled-out indie sound.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2018


23428 Comments


^glad you liked it man

any standout tracks? The pairing of "No Fuzz" and "Cats in the Sun" is probably my favorite part of the album

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Yay
March 10th 2018


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Kissing" is probably my favorite song here

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2018


22023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

jammin again, prob will bump after

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2018


22023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah liked a couple more but still a light 3.5

favs are def All Saints Day, Apply Care Directly and Kissing



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