“I wanted to try and rise above it and defeat that horrible shit with hope.” Says Jon Higgs, describing the reason of the title of Everything Everything’s new album ‘Get To Heaven’…
In most parts the latest offerings from this experimental indie pop band are filled with sadness, angst and hate with very little relief from these emotions being found. ‘Get to Heaven’ follows the familiar pattern of social criticism laid down by previous albums, but this one is the darkest.
Released on the 22nd June, it’s an album that takes a while to digest and understand, because there’s so much emotion and meaning jammed packed into it. An album like this is special and it’s a bit sad that it’s brilliance has been overshadowed by the emergence of an overhyped debut from London band Wolf Alice; but the darkness in said shadow suits this band, as in their own words they’re weird and absurd and don’t suit the attention or limelight. They never have. Here they’re hidden and shielded from reality, a theme that is echoed throughout this album.
This album never peaks, nor does it dip: it’s a continuous effort of an excellent standard where every song is special, everything has a meaning and a purpose for being there. This album has seemed to capture a multitude of emotions and wrapped it up in a nice presentable package to make it easier to handle.
The sound stems from their previous peppy tunes but this time gets much deeper into the pop category due to the synth effects littered around and the sing-song ability of pretty much every chorus. Unlike standard pop, this record isn’t all sunshine and rainbows: it’s angry and it’s forceful and these emotions provide a nice sense of individuality. This sound comes off the back of the “most violent year of our lives”, meaning that the upbeat tune makes it look like a coping mechanism – a shield to block out the horrors of the last 12 months.
What became evident during listening is that each track would change persona and perspective to try make sense of the world; if it’s the hopeful nature displayed through title track ‘Get to Heaven‘ with its submissive pleas to follow the universal rule or, the destructiveness and power emitted in ‘Fortune 500‘. Lyrics like “A trail of destruction // but at least it’s a trail,” in this song shows the confusion and lack of purpose people feel and how they will follow any path given to them, as long as it leads somewhere.
It’s lyrics like this that makes the album easy to love because they’re dripping with metaphors and symbolism that makes each listen interesting as you try to decode it. The vocals leave key words lingering in the listeners head like “I don’t want to get older,” the key line in the beautifully crafted angst filled song ‘Spring/Summer/Winter/Dread‘. It’s this reluctance to grow older that links it to the extremely angry and viscous tune ‘Blast doors‘ and it’s dystopian image of “ You can fire a rocket at a rocket, it’s the future” as it suggests that humanity is built on violence and that there is more to come.
‘Distant Past’ provides an escape from the dread and despair, symbolically and physically as it’s the most fun song, an easy one to dance too as well as just forget about things. It’s this almost club-like vibe that made the band members think “it would sound cheap and nasty, like a shitty David Guetta thing,” however the meaning behind it makes it much more expensive than they thought. Key lines “take me to the distant past, I want to go back” suggests a desire to escape to a simple time and away from the violence perceived in ‘Blast doors‘. The reflective nature of this track links it to ‘Regret‘; a soppy song that looks back at past mistakes, which could be personal or viewed in a more universal sense.
Despite how excellent each track is there is one that stands out due to its multiple changes in pace and how effective that is. ‘No Reptiles’ opens with erratic fashion, that reverberates the confused and scared tone in other tracks but then it slows down and becomes more assertive and bitter, stating that we are just “soft boiled eggs in shirts and ties.” This may be political but it can be seen as having a stab at people who hide their true soft selves, the ridiculous imagery of the clothing making it seem wrong and suggests that the materialistic desire people have is ludicrous.
This album is one of those rare ones when the music is real and relevant to everyone. It’s written to have a desired effect and emit a certain mood and this album nails this. Yes, maybe songs about friendship, a cat, how were all germs and a song inspired by Ronald Dahl may be cooler and in parts more fun to listen too, but shit it’s definitely not as creative. This is a piece of art and it’s a masterpiece.
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