ARTIST : SLEEPING WITH SIRENS
ALBUM : HOW IT FEELS TO BE LOST (DELUXE)
LABEL : SUMERIAN RECORDS
RATING : 8/10
WORDS : GUGULETHU KHUMALO.
How It Feels To Be Lost is the sixth full-length album from musical giants Sleeping With Sirens and while each album is a sort of evolution in itself, this album undoubtedly shows a huge departure from following trends and the sounds of the time to a more mature and thought out process all the way from the lyrics down to the mastering. Releasing six full length albums and managing to stay not only relevant but adored in such a time when many veteran bands have been swallowed by the abyss into obscurity and have become a distant memory.
The fifteen track deluxe album details the sweet, the sour and the bitter moments of life. and truly showcasing their transformation as a band over the last decade, having dealt with all of the motions that come with fame and acclaim. The largest transformation is shown with front man Kellin Quinn new hair but most importantly through a new style of vocals, moving from the cute boy band voice to a more mature gruff voice complete with complete guttural completion in their lead single “Leave it All Behind”. A skilful blend/ transition between the old and new.
a strong ascertain to the band’s journey and progress, through personal and collective trials and tribulation, discussing the finer and more complex points of life such as leaving a legacy behind
The first track “Leave it All Behind,” is really a strong ascertain to the band’s journey and progress, through personal and collective trials and tribulation, discussing the finer and more complex points of life such as leaving a legacy behind. “How it Feels To Be Lost,” the title track starts off at a more mellow pitch and holds off on the heavy and strained vocals showing off the vulnerability. Eventually transitioning into a heavier and more intense sound that they’ve been too afraid to pursue in the earlier phase of their careers.
“Never Enough” is more reminiscent of their earlier works in their discography echoing the golden era of the pop punk age. Complete with high range vocals and midi effects. “Dying To Believe” and “Talking to Myself,” a mellow beginning with a stripped sound that one would expect at an unplugged concert and abruptly transitions into a little bit of a heavier sound. Definitely a road track or in-your-feels ballad. “Medicine,” one of the more hard core sounds mirroring a departure from the more soft and subdued safe sound of the pop punk sound, into a more intense and harder sound they’ve previously shied away from.
Sleeping With Sirens -with six albums under their belt – are proving to be like wine and get better with time
“Ghost,” has a synth sound, an eerie looming sound. On the more darker and sombre sound showing one of the more depressing sides of a journey, the fear of being forgotten along with falling into obscurity and perhaps irrelevance. While Bloodlines, uses elements of trap and electro synth like. Reflects on the origin point of journeys, frontman kellin Quinn reflects on the intricacies and norms of familial relations. What’s in a name and family bloodline.
The deluxe album also includes a variety of acoustic versions of some of the songs on the album such as, “Leave It All Behind,” “Agree to Disagree,” and “Ghost”. It is quite obvious that Sleeping With Sirens -with six albums under their belt – are proving to be like wine and get better with time. This album has purely exhibited growth and reflectiveness from their earlier days almost a decade ago.
The deluxe version of How It Feels To Be Lost is out now