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The Escape Frame
The Escape Frame
End Sounds
www.theescapeframe.com


When I first put in this album the thought that came to my mind was: is this off the new soundtrack to the Super Mario Brothers game? As exciting as that would be, alas this is not. In fact it's the debut release of a new band by the name of The Escape Frame.

They hail from the Deep South and bring with them a sound that somehow mixes dance techno with indie rock. Each song being rather similar to the last makes detailing harder than usual. So I'll speak in general.

On the lighter side the music is energetic and heavy on the lyrics. Neither the bass nor the drums ever really stand out or show their stuff. But that's alright, because the hint of presence they do have works well. Like that of fellow rockers The Maine, this band knows how to write music that gets you happily singing along. Mixing those lyrics with smooth transitions and a choir-esque element puts them up there with the likes of bands like Mae.

On the complete opposite side is the techno effects that are put together with some crazy disco tempos and result in music that seems as though it came from an earlier time (or decade). What are these "effects" that I speak of? Let me elaborate: there's a significant synthesizer thoroughly mixed throughout the entire album. And it's as though the piece from that machine was written first and then the rest of the music around it. Sure there is some guitar, but it's heavily electronic and not in a metal way. Rather in a Saturday Night Fever kind of way. When all of this is set to the vocal stylings of fairly high octave, it makes for some music that evokes a bit of boogie-ing.

I supposed there are 2 songs that stand out enough to warrant specific mentioning. The first of those is "Rock With You." Whenever a band covers the notorious Michael Jackson, they have big shoes to fill. But I have to say this one of the better covers I've heard in quite awhile and I'm not just talking about Jackson songs. I think its Dustin's (vocals) voice and the average key that he sings in, as they seem to fit perfectly in this song.

The other song that I think is definitely worth mentioning was the last one on the record, "Before We Die." This is the kind of song that makes you want your hubby next to you. It's slow and chalk full of love, all of which borders on "ballad" level, though it is not, as this is not rock music. However, they have attempted to throw a bit of that rock in with the sudden strong guitar riffs that burst out near the end. At this point the sound of their album ventures from that of Mae, over to another Tooth & Nail artist - Anberlin.

They're definitely unique and not easily compared to others on the scene today. They have that going for them. For Fans Of…err…The Bee Gees?

-Rachel Fredrickson

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