Castle Face (2014)
While I wasn't ever totally on board with the records released when he was in Bare Wires (don't get me wrong, those records are good, just not great), I was a reasonably early adopter when Mathew Melton started up Warm Soda. Their debut record was one of those albums that makes you reevaluate what you're looking for in a record. He managed to do several things that I hate production-wise, yet somehow made me love every second of it. When Young Reckless Hearts was announced, I was checking the Castle Face records website every hour waiting for this to go on sale.
I was lucky, I was at the right computer at the right time and I saw the email announcing this wacky, limited to 69 copies pentacolor vinyl go on sale. It's clear with red, yellow, blue and white colored blotches. Definitely one of the cooler looking records I have and man did it sell out fast. As far as the music goes, it's really good, but I don't like it quite as much as their debut.
The thing that this record is lacking for me just a bit is punch. The first album had a little more energy. The songs were slightly faster. The lyrics were more biting. Young Reckless Hearts is a more laid back affair, but Melton & co. craft some of the best hooks you'll find on a record this year. With their breathy, way-up-in-the-front-of-the-mix vocals and tight, well constructed accompaniment, Warm Soda is a truly stellar band. If you enjoyed the last record, there's no way you won;t like this one as well. It's a fantastic, extremely well written record; I just wish it had a tiny bit more oomph, that's all.
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