Evan Weiss’ brings back his project Into It. Over It. for a full-length record of new songs. Standards was written alone in a cabin in the woods before being filled out into full-scale band compositions. So the intimacy of the songwriting is balanced by the widescreen scale of the arrangements: perfect! Released by Brace Yourself Records.
Vinyl LP £19.99 TPC103189
LP on Brace Yourself Records.
CD £11.99 BYR003
CD on Brace Yourself Records.
Emo was having a revival a couple of years ago; now it’s just here, mulling about, waiting for a bus to write a lyric about. Psych rock knows how that feels; ambient has been there. What does emo do in the purgatory between life and death? Like everything else, it keeps on keeping on, with one of its most famed members continuing his slow, contented march of good songs. The fellow behind Into It Over It makes pretty, dynamic songs based around acoustic guitars and mathy ideas, and when he’s not releasing records that are 52 songs long (one for every week of the year, folks!) he can make great music indeed.
‘Standards’ proves that IIOI’s Evan Weiss has always been a lovely addition to his indie scenery; his music has its own ways and means, takes the road not taken towards the same deeply emo melodies. The mathy, twinkling and ever-so cobwebbed guitar melodies of “Closing Argument” stretch out of their verses and into oblivion before returning onto the most emo of progressions and lyrics: “we are what we are what we are”. A track like “Vis Major” sees vocal interrupt vocal as a chord sequence races towards the next most important part of the song, sorta recalling a Cheap Girls tune while staying interesting and typically over-dynamic.
And then there’s the acoustic bits, the little bedroom ballads that are “Old Lace & Ivory” and the soft, Americana drum dust of “Anaesthetic”. These tunes might have people comparing Weiss to Owen -- a sensitive folkie within a sensitive emo boy -- but there’s more genre homage and textbook tact in Weiss’ music. It sounds like he’s absorbed bits and bobs from all over and then brought them into his comfort zone of emo. A great songwriter, is this one, and all the things he does might make you do just one sigh.
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