Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Search - For Connection Community and Contact Master
To describe this album is to describe a wave of nostalgia. Low key and unassuming, FCCCM (don’t feel like typing it out over and over) focuses on steady bass lines that take center stage and propel the majority of the songs at a medium pace while light guitar melodies and simple effects provide a pleasant and somewhat mysterious atmosphere. This naturally provides the foundation for the vocals, which sooth and caresses the imagination as they take you on a journey that invoke those memories of loving someone from a distance, often unbeknownst to the target of your affections, and who can’t relate to that? “An Ounce of Courage” in particular has this effect on me, while possessing what is in my mind the best chorus of the album. Even as the lyrics are delivered, I immediately associate with the song’s message of watching someone you loved grow in their lives without so much as a glance backwards, even as you try desperately to gain their approval, and coming to terms with it. Each song that follows hits a similar note in my mind, with my favorite being “The Heart is A Lonely Hunter”, a slightly more up tempo and aggressive tune. The listening experience as a whole is pleasing to the ears, though often I find myself lost in my thoughts while using the album as a vehicle to explore them, and thus many of the songs tend to blur into one another without standing out. Still, I suspect that The Search would be pleased to hear this, as I believe the album is meant to be more than the sum of its parts.
With little experience in the indie seen, it is difficult for me to accurately draw any opinions based on previous experience with other bands, but I believe this also frees me to truly listen and appreciate FCCCM unhindered, and what I found was a wonderful journey into a past I seldom visit, and though the emotional scars still linger they have as much to do with who I have become as anything else in my life. Music is a vessel that can take us wherever we allow it to, and FCCCM is a journey worth taking.