Vinyl Theatre 'Origami' (Album Review)
After a successful debut with Electrogram Vinyl Theatre are back with their sophomore album Origami. Vinyl Theatre is comprised of Keegan, Chris, and Nick. The band has been praised for their debut album Electrogram with such hits like 'Breaking Up My Bones', 'Shine On' and 'Gold'.
Origami delves deeper into the lyrical side of Keegan and the band. The album quickly floods your ears with a fast paced intro in 'My Fault'. Lyrically it's very simple when the song hits the chorus but the verses is where Keegan's lyrical genius shines. "Been holding fools gold, since taking out the loans" speaks more to just personal experience in my opinion but also a reference to government and how commerce is handled. Keegan's voice matches the pain of this experience. The guitar truly is the hero in this song. Although VT delve into electronics in the song writing, the piano's and guitars shine in 'Day In Day Out'. VT do not let the advancements in technology to suppress the instruments we don't get to hear as much anymore. Songs like 'New Machines', 'The Island' and 'Pull Your Weight' are a reminder that Vinyl Theatre are more than just techno machines but can also rock with these fun and upbeat rock sounds.
Vinyl Theatre can also slow things down and add a heaviness in the quieter/softer moments on this album. '30 Seconds' and 'Speak My Mind' are a testament to the bands ability to diversify and give your ears a break from all the different sounds. A song that truly embodies that is 'Thank You for the Good Times'. The song is powerful with the piano as the backdrop to show case Keegan's unique voice. Chris on the keys deserves much of the praise for keeping the beat and keeping things simple. On a sophomore bands/artists tend to try and create a bigger spectacle or try for the big stadium anthems but Vinyl Theatre stick with what got them to the dance and in the process give us tracks we don't mind tapping our foot or dancing to. They will inspire us, and they can make us look closer at ourselves and sometimes cry. Vinyl Theatre have a deep range and are only just starting.