Touché Amoré – Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me

Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, the mouthful, is as much an overstatement as Touché Amoré‘s self-assured school of hardcore knocks. Though overwhelmingly been-there, you’d be hard pressed to find a band that plays done-that with this much bravado. Meeting at the same ends as last year’s confused Lucky Me (from the tragically defunct Killing the Dream), Parting instead feels a little too preconceived and neurotic to really burst forth and lay down some urgent, core-inspired jams. The bare LP doesn’t have a bone of bad intention, but if hardcore has remained admirably blue-collar, then this disc speaks more to a priveleged environment that supports such circular mopiness as opposed to the universal and proactive content of Touché Amoré’s peers. It  just doesn’t fit the pouring-their-heart-out-ness of it all. I’m sure the words spilling from that sore throat are as on par personal as most’s, but it feels like worse days already passed than an exorcism in progress.

It might be over before you know it, but Touché Amoré’s new disc is a more confident (if less brawny) sprawl than …To the Beat of a Dead Horse (2009). Getting away from explaining all this disappointing affect, TA play refinery emo with a bit of d-beat blood and (every so often) powerviolent guts. The standout is “The Great Repetition”, with a climactic (after 50 seconds no less) leitmotif I can get behind coupled with some superb drumwork. “Sesame” on the other hand is all writer’s block; clumsy lyricism and, save for a too-brief finale, riffs dredged from the shallows of inspiration. It really is a see-saw of a tracklist, as the ensuing number “Wants/Needs” is more in line with the standard their tour/labelmates are holding.

As a bluster of forgettably transient emotions, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me sets out to say a lot and gets mired in mediocre execution and pretense. It’s odd to accuse such a band of lacking an organic side, but there’s a reason the greatly flawed Lucky Me is superior to this.


One Comment

  1. Logan Broger wrote:

    I was disappointed with this, especially with all of the hype behind it. There are some great moments on it, but overall it lacks originality.

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