Post Animal - ‘When I Think of You…’ Review
Whilst When I Think of You In A Castle is Post Animal's debut LP, they are anything but new to the scene. They dropped their first EP in 2015, followed by a singles collection in 2016, but the band remained under the radar. So naturally, their first feature-length had a lot resting on it.
The raw energy and explosiveness Post Animal bring to the psychedelic rock scene is unparalleled. They have dropped some of the synths that were present in The Garden Series, a collection of singles they curated in 2016, and gone in the opposite direction of the current trends. However, they haven't thrown out their synthesizers just yet, as songs like 'Castle' and 'One Thing' demonstrate. Both are beautiful, guitar-lead, songs with swirling synths that sound like something Toro Y Moi would produce, giving the band a calming and mellow sound and a much needed break from the energy of the album.
The production on this album sounds a lot cleaner and brighter, perhaps due to the signing with PolyVinyl in 2017. The result is much more distinctive sound, with the individual guitar riffs now being heard rather than the mess of noise that some of the songs on their earlier work suffered from. However, while Post Animal's sound and production has taken a step forward, the songwriting seems to have taken a step back. The metaphor heavy and mysterious lyrics on some of their earlier songs like 'Goggles' or 'Rat Caught in the Trap' are unfortunately not as present on their debut, opting for some more indie-rock inspired, generic lyrics about struggling with relationships.
This is disappointing because Post Animal initially drew me in with their strange and funny lyrics, but it seems that they are going for something a little more straightforward for their debut. This doesn't mean that there are no metaphors or funny moments on the album, as the name 'Lorelai' comes up frequently throughout the track list, alluding to the famous siren on the Rhine river. And the track 'Gelatin Mode' that is just as strange as the title suggests. But overall the instrumental tends to be more interesting than the lyrics throughout this album.
One of the many things that I admire about Post Animal is that they still are managing to make interesting and energetic songs without changing their original style. This album still has the driving and fun guitar riffs, and it still has the fantastic vocal performance that we've come to expect from the band. Overall, this is a debut worthy of the band's reputation and while there are some issues with the songwriting, the production is fantastically bold and the album doesn't overstay its welcome, at a concise 11 tracks.
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