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EP Review: Long Live Happy Birthday by TWIABP

Post-emo act The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die release their new EP Long Live Happy Birthday on 25th March via Topshelf Records. Now an 8 piece (with vocal duties being shared amongst five members), the two tracks were written concurrently with the material found on last year’s heralded Harmlessness LP, recorded with Chris Teti at Silver Bullet Studios and mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio.

It’s pretty easy to dismiss a two track EP release as a stop gap, however if you’re even passingly aware of TWIABP then you’ll know that this is an essential listen. They’re a band that blurs the lines between emo and post-rock, taking the heart wrenching fragility of the former and blending with the expansive dynamics of the latter. Long Live Happy Birthday stands out for containing two of the best tracks that TWIABP have committed to record.

‘Even More Forever’ takes the finest elements of bands like Prawn and The Hotelier and adds a whole new level of emotion. It’s as fragile as it is powerful, as beautiful as it is hard hitting. The intricate guitar work compliments the gentle vocal perfectly cumulating in a track that resonates and chills you to the bone. ‘Katamari Duquette’ has a similar feel but awash in grandiose tones and structure.  It packs a less subtle punch, nevertheless it’s one that is just as effective. You just have to witness the track exploding at the 2:50 mark and you’ll have goosebumps.

Get all over this.

AD Rating 8/10


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