Album Review: The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, “Death to New Years”

The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die Death to New Years
(Topshelf Records – July 24, 2015)
(Emo, Post Hardcore, Indie)
Review by William Flourance

As heralds of Emo’s resurgence, TWIABP have always found themselves more comfortable with experimental expanses than forced homages. Fellow peers and descendants of the scene often force themselves into prototypical stylings of their predecessors, but the Connecticut group eschews expectations with free form songwriting that forgoes emulation. This is underscored by their new 7″ Death to New Years, which pairs two of their most daring and honest pieces yet. Both “From the Crow’s Nest on Fire Street” and “Outer Heaven” share a common thread in presentation as both are expansive and indirect. Lyrically this release lands like a pair of raw confessional voicemails, abandoning moleskin poetry for tear soaked scrawling. Both songs carry multiple passages of faint twinkling guitars to form a spacey foreground, only to implode with emotional gravity that pulls an already dark and lonely universe over itself. “Death to New Years” offers us a deeply bitter taste of what’s to come for TWIAPB, a direction that alienates some as much as it may console others. Death to New Years comes only months before TWIAPB releases their upcoming full length Harmlessness on September 25 via Epitaph.

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