by Brittany Oblak, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Title Fight has been consistently evolving, especially with their last release, Floral Green, while still maintaining their signature sound, appeasing fans both new and old. Spring Songs seems to pick up right where Floral Green left off, raucous yet melodic, with reflective, neurotic lyrics.
The first track, “Blush,” is a noisy, anxious tour through a string of over-thinking and fixation, (“Last year I tried to learn what makes me so insecure/what better way to pass the time/I lost myself in my mind”) and a clamoring set of both vocals and instrumentals alike.
“Be A Toy” is a more smooth, harmonious (but still slightly boisterous) track that speaks to being continuously used, yet not wanting it to end, perhaps due to a lack of self-esteem or a lot of self-deprecation. This track is easily the most beguiling on the EP: catchy instrumentally, and lyrically as well. It’s a tough one to get out of your head.
“Receiving Line” is a more subdued, hazy song that lingers on careful, baritone vocals. It seems to be reflecting on some sort of confusion and misunderstanding, with a strong sense of dejection. The last song, appropriately titled “Hypnotize” (listening to it gives you a trance-like feeling), is a short ode to being in a sort of disheartened, purgatory-like state. The loud percussion in contrast with the practically monotonous, unwavering vocals makes listeners feel all of the same paralyzing feelings that the band is trying to convey.