The young, groovy, three-membered Irish band going by the name of Two Door Cinema Club is classified as pop rock in some of their online musical profiles, indie rock in others, and even alternative in music stores like iTunes. All genre classifications for the group have their merit, and this lack of cohesion within their classification is due to the extreme versatility of the band, fully illustrated in their new album, Beacon.
Released on September 4, the newest addition to their discography has old fans buzzing and new fans awed by their work. Rocking a classy Beatles look, these three artists have come together to achieve complete musical ambidexterity with their new album. Very much in sync with the record's name, the theme conveyed is new romantic exploration, ecstatic and introspective fresh beginnings with amour, and the poetic renaissance of one's imagination. Their ability to evoke emotions in their pieces is simply magnificent.
On their hit single "Sleep Alone," included on the album, they croon chimerically, "And I may go/To places I have never been to just to find/The deepest desires of my mind." It is awe-invoking the way that they are able to melodiously conjure a melancholic yet bittersweet sound, and simultaneously keep their audience dancing their shoes off in high spirits with such a song. The music video even has an exploration-themed story, with images of Alex Trimble, lead vocalist, on a flying bed, which may bring about a giggle or two. Combining a Temper Trap-esque beat with a high-pitched background guitar reminiscent of The Killers, "Sleep Alone" is the true highlight of the disc, demonstrated by its ranking of 23 on the Alternative Songs Chart on Billboard.com.
Additionally, a song like "Beacon" adds a pinch of bizarre to the album, with its epic and echo-effect lyrics, and its soft synthesizer breaks at different points of the piece. Although its musical dynamics are a bit different, with an open mind, listeners can enjoy this nostalgic yet prototypical piece. "Someday," another popular track on the album, also explores an unexplored area for the band. Trimble goes on an expedition to a lighter, lulling set of vocals, which, in combination with a Danny Elfman-type guitar sound in the back, may sound a bit imbalanced; but as stated above, even though this new anthology of music is quite peculiar when compared to their old work, every song on the album retains its merits.
Beacon certainly sparks interest from the listener, and keeps them engaged throughout its entire duration. So make sure to "sleep alone" tonight and enter an introspective state of mind while listening to TDCC's new album, or just put on some headphones and rock out to their fantastic feet-jittering melodies.