This is a grandiose and emotional sound channelled by a band on the edge. Wallflower are the act with enough in their armory to create songs to listen to when the lights have cut off and you’re in complete darkness. And this darkness won’t scare you; it’ll calm your restless heart.
Wallflower tell us on their debut album, Teach Yourself To Swim, that emotion is fundamental in passing across thoughts and feelings. Every strand of the band’s lyricism means something, every strum of the guitar means something. They seem to be a collective, an outfit, carrying meaning and sincerity through harsh times. They play and seek validation, and that’s not a bad thing in the fast moving climate of the music industry.
There is a story attached to the underbelly of this album. There are underpinnings, deep avenues, and that makes it more of an appealing beast. Inside its main space is wording that evokes memories of dark days. Days spent contemplating harm, times reflecting on life. It’s a release showing tight songwriting and engaging plots without clichéd moments. This is rare.
Often, Wallflower frontman Vini Moreira-Yeoell sings diligently. He uses his voice as a sound for the disenchanted, and he uses his words as insights. Truthfully, this band hurt and try to contain the rapids, torrents of yesteryear. This subject is a good escapism for listeners, as engaging poetry offers substance. And healing the world is out of anyone’s grasp. Offering music that evokes can make up for it. On Teach Yourself To Swim, Wallflower connect the dots musically and rise to the task at hand.
“Eat Away At My Heart” models on great songwriting and rousing guitar trickery. Souls are examined here. Bodies are bruised and broken. Yeoell bellows out harshly, getting his point across, and it instantly cuts through the cobwebs. “Doom In Your Head” begins on a subtle note. Again, lyrically it transcends. That simple guitar line enforces musical muscle. The woman in the story is weak and sick of the trappings of home. “The Distance” is soft and lucid. Musically, it isn’t too abrasive until that uplifting chorus hits.
Wallflower bless us here with expansive songwriting. They’re a band that have written anecdotes which ripple throughout the music they wholeheartedly pride themselves on. Teach Yourself To Swim is their grand compendium.