Track Premiere: Runaway Brother—’Conscience In Tumult’
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Within the wide world of made-up genre vernacular, few tags possess the specificity (and linguistic appeal) of”dreamo.” Runaway Brother sound like the mental evocation of that tag, as they meld the nasally vocal style and emotional fervor of indie-minded emo bands like The Hotelier and Oso Oso with the hazy dream-pop aesthetic of groups like Turnover and Japanese Breakfast. However, the Cleveland quartet’s forthcoming sophomore full-length, New Pocket, derives a secondary meaning from the “dream” suffix, as the record sounds like it was composed through the expansive perspective of the creative unconscious.
Runaway Brother sound like they’re intentionally fucking with the confines of the genres they’ve been, for lack of a more fitting placement, lumped into on New Pocket. Many of these tracks contain unexpected bridges and breakdowns during their final thirds, such as passages of bongo-driven lounge music, explosive saxophone outbursts, and on the album’s second track “Conscience In Tumult,” which we’re premiering today, tasteful fiddle strokes.
It’s more of a re-imagination rather than a reinvention of the wheel, which feels both necessary and refreshing during the tail-end of the contentiously defined “revival” era. In short, it’s interesting to see what a group of kids raised on, or at least inadvertently influenced by, emo’s fourth wave can do when they set out to make weird-ass pop music. It’s particularly interesting when their experiment succeeds, as “Conscience In Tumult” certainly does.
Stream it below ahead of New Pocket‘s release via Tiny Engines on 2/16:
They’re also touring the U.S. next month:
Eli Enis | @eli_enis
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