Aptly titled Two Worlds, TIGERS JAW’s sophomore
full-length draws on the strengths of the band’s raw,
minimalist atmospheres and driving grunge-rock
rhythms, funneling them into a catchy, brooding, and
brilliantly focused album. Sounding as confident as
ever in abandoning dependence on traditional pop
structures, songs ebb and flow naturally as the band
explores fresh tones and textures.
Firmly planted in their own niche of the 90s-era
Midwestern emo sound, Two Worlds probes
SUPERCHUNKS’s indie-punk stylings, WEEZER’s
discordant pop moments, and the far edges of
Kurt Cobain’s brain while managing to sound almost
nothing like those groups. Chime-y clean guitars
weave in and out of the mix, juxtaposing a grainy
guitar laden with thick grit. Standing alone, the
tones create familiar TIGERS JAW moods, but
when combined, the effect lays the foundation for
swelling walls of sound.
Pulsing bass fills the low end, locked with the drums
in rhythmic unison, alternately tracing guitar lines
and stepping forward to grab the listener’s ear.
Similarly, the drumming style perfectly complements
the songwriting with steady beats and measured
flash. Lush and resonant cymbal splashes constantly
flourish, adding color and a new spaciousness.
Keyboards swell in a wave of warmth creating the
band’s defining ambiance, in parts taking on more
adventurous melodies and chord tones.
At its core, Two Worlds is a TIGERS JAW album
through and through. It evokes many moods the
band is known for, but adds a depth that will leave
listeners discovering new reasons to love them with
each new listen.