In the realm where emotion converges with melody, Belgium’s sonic alchemists, All Things Automatic (ATA), emerge as maestros, weaving an intricate tapestry of sound and sentiment. Their latest EP, “This is an Invitation,” invites listeners into a world where vulnerability meets resilience, and each note resonates with the nuances of the human experience.
The EP kicks off with an unapologetic exploration of the playground bully theme. All Things Automatic doesn’t shy away from confronting the darker facets of life. With haunting melodies and poignant lyrics, they set the stage for a musical journey that is both introspective and unflinchingly honest.
As the EP unfolds, the listener is confronted with an impending war track. In a sonic landscape painted with urgency, the band delves into the anxiety and uncertainty that loom large in contemporary times. The soundscapes are a reflection of the band’s musical evolution, taking cues from Luuk ‘Shameboy’ Cox’s deft production.
The achingly empty spot where your beloved should be echoes with a universal sentiment. All Things Automatic masterfully translates this emotional void into music. The interplay of bass, guitar, and synths creates a soundscape that mirrors the palpable absence of a loved one.Shifting gears, ATA provides a poignant peek into your kid’s world with an invite into yours. The transition between themes showcases the band’s versatility, seamlessly navigating through the spectrum of human emotion. This track serves as a bridge, connecting the listener to the innocence and wonder of childhood.
The EP concludes with the struggle to spit out your soul when words fail. All Things Automatic lays bare the challenge of expressing the inexpressible. Through intricate melodies and soul-stirring lyrics, they encapsulate the universal struggle to articulate the depths of one’s emotions.
Since their debut in 2015, All Things Automatic embarked on a sonic odyssey, seeking new musical dimensions. With Luuk ‘Shameboy’ Cox at the production helm, they discovered a musical space where intimate melodies seamlessly intertwine with bass, guitar, and synths. The EP reflects a sonic maturity that resonates with fans of The XX, Cigarettes after Sex, The National, as well as the echoes of Talk Talk and Everything But The Girl.
“This is an Invitation” stands as a testament to All Things Automatic’s ability to unravel the complexities of the human experience through music. Belgium’s finest trio invites listeners on an emotional rollercoaster, exploring themes that range from vulnerability to resilience. As each note reverberates with honesty and authenticity, All Things Automatic cements their position as sonic storytellers, leaving an indelible mark on the musical landscape.
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