LABEL: KNOW HOPE RECORDS
WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT
It’s pretty hard to classify what exactly twentythreenineteen are. Sure, on the surface it sounds like pure vanilla indie, but the quintet add in more stylings to make them stand out like a sore thumb (in a good way, though). The Philly based five-piece blend in numerous elements into their style such as pop, emo, acoustic rock, and pop-punk. Yet with all of these elements inserted into their style, it doesn’t throw any of it off balance.
On their debut album XXIIIXIX, the American group bounce across a spectrum of genres and artists. And yet throughout the different sounds, it still feels like each song is from the same album instead of being out of place. That’s actually pretty impressive.
“Each of the twelve tracks off this album stand out compared to each other, with each song getting better as the album goes on.”
For real, twentythreenineteen change their sound on the twelve tracks on their stellar debut. One minute, they sound like Dashboard Confessional (“Lost,” “Losing Touch,”) and Have Mercy (“Best Friends,” “Tangled,) and next, they sound just like Death Cab For Cutie (“I Am,” “Drained,”) and what appears to be a mixture of Jimmy Eat World and The Naked And Famous (“YOU,” “Remain.”)
Each of the twelve tracks off this album stand out compared to each other, with each song getting better as the album goes on. It doesn’t grow stale at all, making this one album that you can listen to from the first track all the way up until the final one. Many bands wish they could do something like that, and for a young band like twentythreenineteen, who formed in mid 2018, it’s straight up unbelievable.
Some solid tracks off of XXIIIXIX are “Tangled”, a pop-punk track in the same vein as Pentimento and Free Throw, the Death Cab For Cutie inspired “I Am”, and “YOU”, a nearly peaceful two-and-a-half minute indie track that borders between the lines of emo and funk.
“the sleeper hit of 2019 that would be a crying shame to sleep on”
Overall, XXIIIXIX is the sleeper hit of 2019 that would be a crying shame to sleep on. No other band in recent memory comes close to sounding like what twentythreeninteen are doing. The melodic vocabulary that this young band have rivals artists who have been doing the same thing for many years. It’s a soothing and relaxing album that will take you to your happy place.
XXIIIXIX shows us the pure talent that these boys have, and there’s clearly no signs of slowing down so soon. If that doesn’t sell you on this album, they have a Monsters Inc. sound clip in “Tangled”. Now you have to listen to it. If you miss out, it’s your loss.