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Album Review: Celebrate by Tiny Moving Parts

American punk rock act Tiny Moving Parts release their third album Celebrate on 20th May via Triple Crown Records (US) and Big Scary Monsters (UK). We’ll make no qualms about it, there’s not even the slightest hint of the difficult second album syndrome here. The band pick up the strong foundations laid down on their 2014 debut Pleasant Living and create an album which is more infectious, more immediate and simply delightful.

Formed by brothers Matthew and Billy Chevalier and cousin Dylan Mattheisen, the album blooms with optimism across the ten tracks. Tiny Moving Parts create a unique and infectious sound that blends hints of early Blink-182, emo revivalism and a technical proficiency. Its a sound that has mass appeal, spanning the complete alt rock spectrum, you get the feeling that Celebrate might just be the album that makes Tiny Moving Parts your new favourite band.

You’ll be hard pushed to find a weak point within Celebrate. Every song is of the highest quality, from the beautiful intro of ‘Good Enough’ along with its big hooks and its post-hardcore style vocals you get the feeling that this is going to be something truly special. ‘Happy Birthday’ has a touch of emo lament about it, it seems to be wrought with regret but ends up blossoming into a uplifting track. The strings and female backing vocal give it a certain magic that makes not falling in love with the track impossible.

‘Birdhouse’ and ‘Headache’ are two of the best tracks on Celebrate. The former blends a more discordant sound with hints of Blink-182 and gentle emo while the latter is one of those powerful punk rock songs that you instantly know is going to become one of your favourite songs of the year. The sporadic delicate guitar parts play the perfect compliment to the off kilter drumming, when the track explodes in triple vocal and big guitars it blows you away. ‘Common Cold’ keeps the standard at that same high level, it comes across as the most complete and accomplished Tiny Moving Parts song. It packs one of the biggest punches but also comes in as the most technical and well structured.

‘Stay Warm’ has some of the best riffs on the album while ‘Breathe Deep’ serves up an enthralling punk drive before it breaks down into a quiet lament before exploding once again with a kind of power that you rarely hear, but one that gives you goosebumps. It’s a track that drives home how good Celebrate is, couple it with the more emo tinged ‘Volumes’ and you can’t help but appreciate just how good Tiny Moving Parts have become.

If there wasn’t already enough proof of how good Celebrate is things take a math rock turn in ‘Minnesota’. There’s still a punk undertow, this time its awash in Foxing-esque complexity and grandeur. Album closer ‘Minnow’ is fittingly raucous and optimistic, it’s nigh on impossible to not finish this album grinning from ear to ear. Pleasant Living was a belting album, but this is a different proposition. This is on different level, this is essential listening. Tiny Moving Parts have excelled themselves here, welcome to your new favourite album.

AD Rating 9.5/10

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1 Comment on Album Review: Celebrate by Tiny Moving Parts

  1. Celebrate is actually their third album, following This Couch is Long and Full of Friendship and Pleasant Living.

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