Sunday, April 26, 2015
EP Review: Front Lines by Masks We Made - Beautiful, Cathartic Sonic Landscapes
And sometimes music acts as sonic Rorschach tests that we cast our own emotions, our own situations onto, good and bad. Sounds that truly help get us get through life's trials and tribulations.
Mask We Made out of Long Beach, California create atmospheric songs that feel so laced with emotion that you are immediately engaged and their latest 3 track EP "Front Lines" will take you places. The seriously somber tone of of the title track built on some truly pretty (yet starkly dark) guitar lines sweep around you dramatically. When Andrea's vocals come in the tone is set in stone and the song feels like a monument to fallen soldiers whether the battle field imagery is metaphorical or not. I forgot to mention that Masks We Made are just a two piece band even though they do sound like more (even live). Nando's guitar work superbly sets moods a plenty. He uses his well crafted and emotionally wrought guitar lines as more of a set rhythm section than traditional leads and build a tapestry of accompaniment that perfectly offsets Andrea's poetry and evocative vocals.
"Front Lines", as my own personal introduction to Masks We Made, is a powerful one. Andrea and Nando paint moving sonic landscapes that are easy to embrace, easy to feel deep down inside because they are beautiful and cathartic at the same time.