From Indian Lakes
Everything Feels Better Now


4.5
superb

Review

by butt he / butt him / butt his USER (6 Reviews)
November 20th, 2018 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We're only happy when we turn out the lights

January’s breath hits you right in the face and fills up your entire body. You cautiously open your eyes, the bright snow filters in, and you remember that everything has just changed. You’re a fawn in the woods and you slept through the forest fire. You are a child, you are completely frigid, and you are empty. The opening track fades in while you repeat the words “everything feels better now” until you forget what that even means.

Everything Feels Better Now doesn’t show up to fill in the cracks of a life that just shattered like an entire china collection on display, but rather wraps its arm around your shoulder, starts walking, and says “same.” Just like you, these tracks wander around in the cold while that final little ember struggles to keep itself aglow. Maybe you are made whole by the time we get to the end, or maybe you say the words you need to and then sink into the earth. Either way, it’s therapy. And it all needs to be said. This album is just as much a conclusion to one story as it is the introduction to a new one.

“Happy Machines” is that winter air that woke you up. The verse knocks your teeth in – not that you could feel it – and in response, the chorus grabs you by the arm, pulls you up, and brushes the dirt off your shirt. Just in time for the next verse to elbow you in the jaw and send you back on your ass. “The Monster” is a recognition of the thought patterns that twisted your stomach for months and led you down to the basement of your mind where you now sit and stir. But at least you’re finally acknowledging it. “Feel Love” is that nice day when you woke up and miraculously didn’t feel like roadkill. Even the sun made a brief appearance for the first time in weeks. The feeling was gone before lunch, but it was enough to sustain you till next month.

Every song is given a set of wings and takes on a dream-like quality. Some confidently lift themselves up into the clouds, others drift toward car wrecks and cemeteries in the evening hours. But all throughout is the persistent ethereal fog that alternates unpredictably between inviting and menacing. And that’s what progress is, after all. Progress is nonlinear, and it acts about as erratically as the weather in the Midwest. You followed a path towards acceptance for weeks, or even months, and in a single moment all of your progress vanishes and you’re right back where you started. The painful reminders circle your head like flies as you stare aimlessly at the souvenirs and artifacts of something that failed. “Nome” is that night you got in your car and drove in silence for about an hour when you suddenly realized your progress was fake and January never really ended.

Sometimes I forget how this ends. The closing track, “Rid of It,” is not one that feels good to revisit. Of course, it’s not supposed to. It’s not supposed to feel good walking out of your childhood home for the last time. It’s not supposed to feel good embracing a person who was your best friend just two hours earlier. How can you be expected to hit ‘play’ on that last track, to write the final chapter of the book you didn’t want to finish, or to shut the back door knowing that it permanently locks the moment you close it? I’ve listened to these words and melodies more times than I could count over the past two years, and I still don’t know what I’m supposed to be “rid of.” Maybe when I figure it out, I’ll revisit that song. And I’ll hear it in a new way.

“Everything feels better now,” they told me to say.



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butt.
November 20th 2018


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album needed a review badly. It's my first. Sorry if it reads like a diary entry. Cheers.

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 20th 2018


36192 Comments


Review hit me in the gut. Nice work.

Digging: Seahaven - Halo of Hurt

butt.
November 20th 2018


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks homie. Check these guys if you haven't, any of their last three albums are super fair game

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 20th 2018


36192 Comments


I don't think I've listened to a single song by these guys ever but it sounds like the exact kind of thing I'd love. Will do.

FurtherDown
November 20th 2018


219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeeaaah this is a terribly underrated album. Thank you for your review. Sunlight is great and then last three tracks are pure perfection.

Saw them opening for Circa Survive couple years back and they caught me immediately. And I think they even stepped up the game with this record. Delicious.

butt.
November 20th 2018


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, even though I love the handful of post-hardcore elements from Able Bodies, I'm also totally down with the more dream-pop direction they've started heading. Joey has been saying "new music soon" recently, I bet we'll get a single before the end of the month.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


16683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of the best indie rock albums ever. so so so good. review was badly needed too

butt.
November 20th 2018


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I was so surprised to see there wasn't one! Had to do it to 'em

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


16683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this shit was a grower for me too. started at like a 3.5 and just kept creeping up. I've been waiting for some news from this guy for a while now and I'm getting antzy lol

butt.
November 20th 2018


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

haha yeah, they've been teasing a music video they shot last month. good stuff comin' reeeal soon

FurtherDown
November 20th 2018


219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes please!!

Lucman
November 20th 2018


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Beautiful record, beautiful review, what more can I say?

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butt.
November 20th 2018


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Bless up! Wish they got a little more attention around here

Lucman
November 20th 2018


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This reminds me that I still need to explore their back catalogue.

butt.
November 20th 2018


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Their debut is closer to straight up post-hardcore, and the next two albums (probably my favorites) bring in a healthy mix of indie to balance it out. Definitely check those two.

butt.
November 20th 2018


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh and they released a stripped-down/acoustic version of this album, called EFBN Tapes. It's pure bliss. Basically it's own full-length, sort of like what Radiohead did with In Rainbows Disc 2

NorwichScene
November 20th 2018


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Able Bodies is a classic, both albums after excellent. Hopefully new album announced soon, it’s been a while

butt.
January 27th 2019


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

They posted a short music clip yesterday captioned "Making tapes."

99% sure that means he's making the "tapes" version, aka acoustic version, of the new album. Just like he did with this album. Which basically means...two FIL records this year lmao

butt.
April 5th 2019


8044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

where the fuck is this album

Hawks
April 5th 2019


73885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice bump. m/



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