First announced in 2015, Science Fiction is the fifth studio album from Long Island, rock ensemble Brand New. After dropping the single, I Am A Nightmare, in spring of 2016 many believed the album would soon follow for a 2016 release. Leveraging a popular song discovery engine, Shazam,.
If Brand New sonically recall the mid-90s, when emotionally fraught and morally conflicted guitar bands ruled the airwaves, no wonder they released Science Fiction into the unsuspecting world as 500 one-track CDs. From its arresting cover art to its careful sequencing, it’s an album that impresses with its carefully considered wholeness. It rigs even the potential singles with unexpected segues, trap doors, false endings, found sound, lo-fi vignettes, tape loops, and lyrical Easter eggs that either reference their past work or can easily be manipulated into doing so.
Brand New thankfully (and predictably) outperformed me on all fronts with Science Fiction – an album eight years in the making that somehow obliterates already unreasonably high expectations while forming one of the best and most anticipated curtain-calls in recent memory
But in true Brand New form, this album shows the band's evolution and takes on a different feel as compared to previous releases. I started to list the standout songs from Science Fiction, but the album really is one product that is stronger as a whole than the sum of its parts. I highly recommend this to all Brand New fans and fans of alternative music. This item: Science Fiction. There's a problem loading this menu right now.
Science Fiction surprised us, but it’s not a surprise album, at least not in the 2017 music industry definition of the term. There were no pop-up shops or thirst-heavy viral stunts. Zane Lowe didn’t premiere a song on his Apple Music show and hell, the album isn’t even up on streaming services. It’s been almost four years since Dec. 2013, but there’s a good chance frontman Jesse Lacey still doesn’t really know what pull a Beyoncé means. What Brand New does better than anything on Science Fiction is create mood. It's in the weird interludes, the harrowing effects draped on the guitars and Lacey's voice. The singer goes through spine-tingling, high-pitched vocal call-backs on "Desert" and dire, Gregorian chant-like undulations on "Could Never Be Heaven.
Science Fiction is a bold, legend-making statement well worth the eight year wait. If it ends up being their swan song, then we can rest assured that Brand New is going out on their own terms: in peak form, bearing no regrets.
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Regardless of the odds, Science Fiction is a bold, legend-making statement well worth the eight year wait.
In stock now for same day shipping. Lying dormant for eight years has evidently provided Brand New with enough reinvigoration to return guns blazing on this powerful and engulfing record. From the haunting samples that open the album in 'Lit Me Up', through to the resonating feedback and field recordings on the tail end of closer 'Batter Up', 'Science Fiction' follows a brooding path through contrasting passages of loud and quiet, confessional introspection and frustrated aggression.