Artist : New Empire
Album : In A Breath
Release Date : April 29th, 2014
Label: Tooth & Nail Records
Each record tells a story and each band creates their own journey. Every release is a collection of songs based off of a unique concept, a personal experience, or a celebration of music itself. New Empire (comprised of Kale Kneale, Jeremy Fowler, Nathan Cairns, and Kyle Lane) from New South Wales, Australia will release their third studio album, In A Breath in the U.S on April 29th via Tooth & Nail. The band has made waves in their native country with their rich and dynamic sound. Over the years, the four piece has garnered a strong following and stellar comparisons to the likes of The Fray, Imagine Dragons, and Kings Of Leon.
The record opens with “Tale Of Jonah” a song that is personal and self-reflective but anthemic at the same time. The combination of sincere lyrics and poignant melodies also appears on “Relight The Fire”, song inspired by the band’s travels to Dubai. The album’s second track, “The Sun Won’t Sleep” discusses a lust for escapism and bridges the gap between pop and alternative. It’s a youthful call for discovery and travel that any young person can relate to. The band meanders into electronics, pianos, trumpets and more with careful ease using elements of song concepts as the guide. It leads to an album that displays the band’s comfort in their sound while also managing to diversify themselves. They are able to slow things down on the album’s title track “In A Breath” without losing intensity. Each member of the band is able to shine on this record and be recognized without being drowned out. The record concludes with “A Little Braver” and “Outshine The Brightest”, ballads that completely wrap up the overall feel of the record. Feelings of self-growth, love, and maturity reach out and make themselves known through the careful composition of the tracks.
So what story does New Empire’s new album tell? It causes the listener to create visual landscapes, to remember the past, to mourn, to feel, and to hope. It’s a record that screams “coming of age” in all it’s awkward hopes and memories. The hype is deserved and one listen to this record washes away any doubts on the band’s ability to gain popularity in America.
U&U’s Favorite Tracks : “The Sun Won’t Sleep”, “Say It Like You Mean It”, “A Little Braver”
-Reviewed by Briana Boyd