Picturesque matures into interesting post-hardcore in “Do You Feel O.K?” (Review)

Picturesque, 2020

Ever since their debut EP in 2014, I’ve kept an eye on the transcending, exploratory band that is Picturesque. Their idea of post-hardcore incorporates soaring vocals and compelling production techniques to enhance the emotion portrayed. For their upcoming release, Do You Feel O.K?, there’s been a whopping five singles released since “Pray” in 2018, so the anticipation is palpable for me as I delve into this album hitting April 24th!

Starting off with single “Necessary,” the haptic feedback in my headphones went NUTS in the first few seconds, immediately establishing that the aforementioned production value is kicked into high gear for this release. The chorus sees vocalist Kyle Hollis yearn to be someone’s first choice in aptly-addressed angst. Second off is a rousing “Holy f***!” shouted in “ATTN:.” Cleverly titled, the layered guitars in the chorus and poppy cues give this piece enough complexity to stick in the listener’s head.

“Swipe” has a polarizing R&B vocal delivery in the verses that smooths into a strong, anthemic chorus. This piece’s mainstream appeal is at the forefront with a lot of interspersed elements that could entertain a lot of listeners. My personal favorite single, “Crimes,” with a purely-infectious post-chorus jam and a standout performance in the bridge that shines the talent at hand in Picturesque in a bright spotlight.

“Prisoner” sees some female vocals in the later bits to create a shared-sentiment vibe within a toxic/failing relationship, lyrics that become easily relatable to those who have gone through something similar. “O.K?” continues the R&B styling and hones in on introspection and dealing with pain. The guitarwork at 2:18 is divine and gave me chills, being in the right place at the right time.

“Holding Me Down” broadcasts a haunting vibe, once again benefiting from dual guitars in the chorus. The piece’s quiet, focused tone in its verses gives precedence to Kyle to get his message across. Some interesting experimentation comes out in “Glass House”s intro, as Kyle battles with himself in the lyrics and a highly-reverbed guitar in the bridge presents a longing feeling.

A track I’ve heard for two years now, “Pray” encapsulates the struggle between a rough love and the alternative of loneliness. This is an optimal entry point to Picturesque, giving all that they can give in this song. “Say it Like You Mean it” takes a while to pick up with a chorus that plays it safe and not enough going on to make it as memorable as the other tracks. The last song is “Day By Day,” a meta, sentimental closure to the album to “put the pieces back.”

While it was a bold move to drop half the album in advance and as early as they did with the singles, the cohesive unit that is Picturesque’s Do You Feel O.K? makes for a great second LP from the band. There’s just enough effects and riffs sprinkled in to create a distinctive sound that capitalizes on R&B/Pop influences for some angst-tinged post-hardcore goodness. There’s a bit of a dropoff in the last few songs, but the front half and beyond makes for a worthwhile listen for fans of the genre. Give us your thoughts on this release when it hits April 24th!

A press copy was provided courtesy of Big Picture Media.

Hail the Sun finish new album, say it’s their “best work yet”

Releasing a new album every 2 years since 2014, Hail the Sun is back for more in 2020.

Announced in a social media post late Tuesday, the band’s newest album is all set to be released to the world. The band feels that it’s their best work yet, a bold claim considering the band’s unbelievable backlog. Jams like Wake‘s “Human Target Practice” and Culture Scars‘ “Paranoia” are memorable pieces of art, not to mention their discography’s deep cuts like POW! Right in the Kisser‘s “Sleep Now, and Forever Wet Your Dreams” are fantastic on their own.

Personally, I am all for a band backing their work hard enough to claim that it has never previously been superior. I look forward to new Hail the Sun whenever it gets its release this year!

Stream Glacier Veins’ Debut Album Now

Portland, Oregon rockers Glacier Veins have been pumping out music since 2016, but the time has come to finally unleash their first album, The World You Want To See. I was hooked from my first listen of “Everything Glows” and felt a rush of nostalgia upon first experiencing “Driveway”, a surefire hit.

The band is labeled as “Dream Punk”, a moniker befitting of the band’s hopeful-yet-gritty sound. This unique artist takes some of the best elements from alternative, pop-punk, and post-hardcore to inspire a genuine feel to their music. There’s a lot to love about a band that has grinded their way to an Equal Vision record deal, who believe in the band enough to put them in the much-deserved spotlight.

You can now stream the album a day early over at BrooklynVegan, and catch the band on tour with the legendary Have Mercy during their farewell! This is a band you won’t regret giving a shot!