There have been many heavyweight contenders for album of the year this year. Plenty of albums were expected to be great and delivered well. But despite all the Moving Mountains, Manchester Orchestras, and The Wonder Years of the world, there have been a surprisingly small amount of underdog albums that have come out of nowhere. I was blindsided by Proper by Into It. Over It. This is the first album of the year that has come close to Waves by Moving Mountains and may be good enough to eclipse it in my eyes.
The lo-fi nature of the album, which is showcased on the album’s opener “Embracing Facts,” definitely struck a chord with me. The heavily distorted guitar, powerful drums and indistinct vocals had me hook, line and sinker. While the whole album isn’t quite this lo-fi, it definitely sets the tone for the record. Weiss’ voice is easier to hear on succeeding tracks, like “Discretion & Depressing People,” which shows his voice is as strong as ever, paired with an infectious riff. “Fortunate Friends” will be enjoyed by fans of American Football, with the weaving guitar lines. The middle of the album slows down with two of the more restrained tracks, “Midnight: Carroll Street” and “Connecticut Steps.” While the pace of these songs is slower, the middle of the album doesn’t fall into the dreaded drag that many albums experience during the heart of the record.
My personal favorite from the record is “An Evening With Ramsey Beyer,” which features some of the heavier instrumentation present. Weiss’ voice here, while not the most amazing on the record, captures you nonetheless. The chorus is one of the better ones found on the album, with Weiss belting it out. The album closes on a tender note, with the acoustic “The Frames That Used to Greet Me,” which recalls early IIOI work.
Maybe others saw this album coming. They may not have enjoyed it quite as much as me, as they expected something of this caliber. However, I was taken for surprise. Luckily, I have until December to decide whether this, Waves or a yet-to-be-released album is my album of the year. If it came down to the two released, I don’t know if I would be able to pick one today.
Proper is available for pre-order in No Sleep Records’ online store at http://www.nosleepstore.com/artist/into-it-over-it. Be sure to check out the newly designed http://www.intoitoverit.com/ for tour dates.