Pianos Become The Teeth - Close [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)
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Pianos Become The Teeth

Close [7-inch] (2015)

Epitaph Records

It seems that fans have adjusted to the transition made by Pianos Become The Teeth from their old post-hardcore/screamo sound to a calmer, ambient, post-rock vibe. Keep You harnessed the content aspects of Kyle Durfey's life as love crept in allowing him to be happier and let go the angst that death and loss brought in the past. The harsher notes were seen on records like The Lack Long After and honestly, it was a shock to take in what PBTT's new sound shifted to but nonetheless, in its melody this new aura possessed something beautiful. This Record Store Day double-tracker consists of songs that didn't make the cut on their 2014 album but for the love of God, I can't figure out why.

These songs would have been two of the stronger tracks on the record and definitely would have made my cut as something more than filler. The gentle, shimmery guitars on "895" are very much in line with tracks like "Repine", steadying its essence under the soft, contemplative lyrics of Durfey as he continues to harp on recovery and moving to a happier place. In addition to a gorgeous music video, this song really carries a lot of weight as it doesn't get too loud and peaks in the mid-tempo range, ending with rolling percussion a la "I'll Get By". "Dancing" is faster-paced a la 2013's "Hiding" in terms of guitar structures but once more, it helps expose the band's instrumentation much more as Durfey leaves out the screams.

Prawn did the same last year with two songs that were left off Kingfisher and I really must ask why a couple more songs can't just be added on. Maybe in a deluxe CD fashion? That gripe aside, it does leave you hungry for more knowing that if quality music like this can't make the final pressing, then what else is hidden in the rubbish bin? I'm down to rummage anytime and PBTT will always have my attention when it comes to sifting through their waste.