Release Date: Oct 5, 2018
Record label: Run for Cover Records
Across their 15 year lifespan, Philadelphia's mewithoutYou have floated effortlessly between genres with complete disregard for traditional restraints. From the relentless hard punk of debut album 'A>B Life' to the breezy folk of the Neutral Milk hotel-indebted 'It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright!' and 2015's post-hardcore-influenced 'Pale Horses', they're never a band to stand still. These seemingly opposing states blend together wonderfully on their two new releases.
This is how mewithoutYou's 2015 album, Pale Horses, ends: In its closing seconds, frontman Aaron Weiss narrates a dream in which he becomes his own father; in the background, a series of guitar notes brighten and blur as if melting away in the fallout of a nuclear blast. The sky splits open. Protons collide in the empty air. Buildings burst apart and scatter weightless as dandelion seeds.
mewithoutYou is a band whose evolution has been quite a pleasure to enjoy. Their later records feel way more cinematic than their older indie/folk takes, but whether they go atmospheric, louder, acoustic or soft and melodramatic, whatever they do registers. Saying mwY make any sound work is an understatement, and here [Untitled] is another brilliant example how much this rings true.