I’ve said it before. But if you’re looking for some indie rock to give you the feels, Faintheart is your band.
Listening to “90 Minutes,” I get a wave of nostalgia. The year is 2008. Ten years ago. I’m sitting in my dorm room at Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, IL. The novelty of college life hasn’t quite worn off, but I’m used to it all the same. In the quiet moments I tend to sit at my desk with my iTunes library on shuffle. At some point The Send’s “Fire Colors” comes on. “I have realized that life is a blessing and a trial,” they muse.
As The Send mused in 2007 and 2008 in my dorm room earbuds, so Faintheart muses today. I kid you not, putting on their music sent me down a rabbit hole of college reminiscing. I think it’s unrealistic to expect bands to evolve while recreating that novel feeling you experienced as a teenager hearing them for the first time. However, Faintheart have crafted a consistent sound that accomplishes the nostalgic and novel feelings simultaneously.
If there’s any drawback to The Overview Effect, it’s that it’s so familiar. It’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from the group, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Like the EP before it, it’s consistent with a clear favorite. On the previous release that song was “Close Your Eyes,” and here it is “90 Minutes,” for the aforementioned reasons of evoking “all the feels” and a particularly memorable hook. A secondary highlight for me, though, is the closing track, “Longfin.” It’s a bit more drawn out and contains elements that make me love several other artists. Notably, the guitarwork and tone is very reminiscent of My Epic, poignant and atmospheric but accessible at the same time.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Faintheart needs to hit the road—or better yet, be invited on tour by someone! And the beauty of it is they can fit on alternative or pop-oriented tour packages. Just a few weeks ago, they supported Vesperteen, who I am seeing tonight, in their hometown.