Rock band Invisible Homes released their latest full length album this month entitled “Song For My Double” and it merges some whimsical turns with catchy melodies for a solid introduction to the band.
“Little Song” showcases the bands penchant for lightly fluffed vocals with happy “bah-bah” backing vocals that break up the increasingly rockier track shift from a country twang to a more soft rock edge. “Above the Frequency” has more of a 70’s vibe with some psychedelic synth keyboards bending and buzzing their hearts out. Added to that some freestyling guitar riffs that seem to come and go as they please, it’s a really chilled out track that I really got into. There’s plenty of obscure lyrics to think about too.
Title track “Song for my Double” along with “This Machine” then ventures down a more laid back hippy tinged route. There’s even a gospel lemon twist with the organs and electric guitars working perfectly together. The vocals are given that T-Rex echo to evoke rock years gone by. The end result is great. “Contemplating the Ivory” wheels out trumpets and saxophones for a sassy cabaret rock track. It’s hook is instant and it’s a standout on the album with the class of the instrument players shining through. “Aspiration” on the other hand keeps things quieter with a long instrumental that is more post-rock than anything else, however there’s little in the way of pay off. If you enjoy a rhythm on repeat slowly changing that’s great, but I struggled a little – perhaps because I was still on the high of the previous track. “The Lie” has a bizarre water whisper effect on the vocals that actually hurt my ears at the beginning but the rest of the track reminds me of a mumbling Beck! It’s like the afterglow came early.
“Shadow and Act” however pulls everything back together again like the opening tracks on the album. A strong melody, an interesting reverb on the vocals and a cool switch up for the middle of the track that breaks into a gritty crunching guitar push before an amazing breakdown of the track to finish – it’s another one of my favourites. “The Clown” waltzes itself quietly for a slower and mellower sound before “One on the Skyline” goes for the muted percussion feel that really suits the vocalist perfectly. After the opening the track essentially veers off into a lounge rock track with some excellent guitar and drum chops being demonstrated. “No One” then rounds off the album in a post-rock ambience haze.
Invisible Homes is a difficult one to sell. There’s some great normal rock tracks interspersed with some epic instrumentals and the likelyhood is you’ll prefer one type over the other. It’s indulgent which I’d generally frown upon but when your musician craft is this good, it’s a joy to listen to people simply rocking out. Thankfully, the let it all hang out parts are still actually far from freeform and I think that’s key to the success of the album. Interesting and flawed for the better.