Variety can be a cruel mistress for a band. Sounding too monotonous can inhibit growth, but flying off the handle with sounds can lose your listeners in the process. Two Seas‘ new EP I Will See You in Empty Spaces thankfully falls somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, even as these six songs unfold approaches from noodly indie-rock melodies to off-kilter rhythmic sways. Two Seas have enough tricks up their sleeve to keep your attention though, as Empty Spaces proves to be an engaging and promising start for the Singapore-based band.
The swells of moody guitars and the inclusion of a Sixth Sense quote open the record on “Bedlam” with a texture that will become familiar through Spaces. The guitars are slow and swirling without being boring, while the airy vocals steer the band steadily through an approach that will find a home with fans of Circa Survive quite easily. The two-part “Earl Grey” numbers push Two Seas down this path a bit further, if perhaps also revealing some growing pains in the writing as the song sputters a bit when it churns a bit too much on a particular thought.
However, the band’s quicker and more aggressive moments are what throw us for a real curve – in a good way. “Glassmouth” feels straight out of a Thrice record with its dissonant hits and slightly gruff vocals, while the sprinkling of screams throughout the EP helps bolster an emotive element to these tracks when they might otherwise seem a little too restrained at first. Even on the closing number “White Yolk,” these guys flex a musical muscle that should help them attract many an ear, whether it be through forward-thinking drumming or simply glistening riffs throughout.
While not without a few hiccups in the process, the band’s debut stirs up plenty of interest in the band’s meeting point between aggression, melody and fairly strong songwriting. If you’re down with Circa Survive or Thrice, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something to like about Two Seas.