A Lot Like Birds • No Place • Equal Vision Records • Producer: Kris Crummett • Score: 7 out of 10
No Place marks the debut release by Sacramento natives A Lot Like Birds via Equal Vision. The album is a concept “exploring the emotions behind rooms in a home.” Opening with an ambient doorbell above spacey guitars and spoken-word, hints of prog- and math-rock are evident in the transition to “No Nature.” Each track’s musical bed feels like the anti-pop of emo-core—similar to Sounds of Animals Fighting or Closure in Moscow—blanketed by screams, clean howls and sporadic spoken discussions. Musicianship flows heavily through these rooms and scenester teens/young adults should find this material both relatable and fresh.
– Andy Mesecher