So, a couple of days ago Landscapes dropped a new single, “Neighbourhood” (and the video to go with it) along with the exciting announcement of their next full-length release, “Modern Earth”, on the 8th of April through Pure Noise.
This single is a massive step, but not too drastic a change from their 2012 release “Life Gone Wrong”. Life Gone Wrong being one of my favourite records meant that this announcement was a long time coming, and from the sounds of Neighbourhood, Modern Earth will be exactly what we’ve been waiting ever so patiently for.
Neighbourhood has the same atmospheric vibe that Landscapes do so well, but introduces ways in which Landscapes have evolved over the 4 years since Life Gone Wrong. The vocals push not only the boundaries of standard vocals displayed in hardcore and punk genres but also the vocals displayed on Life Gone Wrong, as they are not simply screamed at us, but sung almost beautifully at times and evoke strong emotions of great sadness and make you want to scream at the world, which perfectly portrays and mirrors the lyrics within the song. Instrumentally, the song takes us on a journey, sometimes carrying us gently and sometimes dropping us flat down and crushing us (and I mean that positively) through the pounding drums and the crushing chords from the guitar.
Neighbourhood is a strong single and gives me great hope for Modern Earth and the future of this band.
Review by James Podmore
Check out the song and video here: