MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012 |
Posted by: Zoe Marquedant
The Dig's Midnight Flowers is the band's second album after 2010's Electric Toys. The new album, released on Buffalo Jump Records, is a less lively, but more thought-out follow-up. Thematically it lands somewhere between remorseful and bitter without sounding adolescent. With lyrics like "You can never break the silence in your heart" and "you close your eyes and all you see is red" Midnight Flowers at first comes across as a little exaggerated. However, on further inspection the listener finds that this Brooklyn band composed an album that is both honest and reflective.
The track "Hole in My Heart" centers around a persistent bass line and David Baldwin's soft vocals, a pairing which gives the song a sort of unexpected energy. The line, "Now there's a hole in my heart/She says its a friend/but I know in my heart/shes gonna do it again" forms the songs chorus. It continues on the albums trend of sadder songs without making the album sound resigned.
Despite all that woe, Midnight Flowers does not lose momentum. The band picks up the pace for songs like "Red Rose in the Cold Winter Ground" and "Police Car". The tracks aren't anything to dance too, but you'll definitely be nodding your head. Even during the quieter "Animal Screams", The Dig keeps us listening with hauntingly beautiful guitar riffs and layered vocals. Sonically Midnight Flowers occupies several of different genres and sub-genres, from garage to parts of punk, without seeming disjointed.