The Exquisites, Home

Meredith Schneider

Seattle’s punk collective The Exquisites pack a mean punch, and they’re revving up to release their sophomore project on Asian Man Records this Friday, an album titled Home. We’ve got the exclusive streaming premiere of the 10-track wonder in its entirety, so go ahead and give it a listen.

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From the very beginning of “Faith”, The Exquisites hit heavy with their sound, vocals by frontman Jason Clackley competing heavily – and actually rather beautifully – with the instrumentals. It leads right into “Count On Me”, an admittedly slower track with no less of the bravado presented by its predecessor. “Home, No Home” an existential track that presents less of a scuzz/noisy sound in its composition, allowing Jason’s vocals to resonate a little more. In fact, this is where we start to see a little more of a similarity between Jason’s voice and Caleb Followill, a comparison we hope is welcomed.

“Setting Sun” brings the tempo down a bit more, starting out with simple guitar chords that gradually build up into a larger sound. But nothing on this record is delivered more slowly or more delicately as “Climbing Down At The End Of The Day”, a song that brings with it a melancholic and blunt tone. “Make A Song” nabs your attention by bringing the momentum back up, and boasting a very clean, loud sound. While “Grow Away” boasts our favorite title of the album, and the most relatable sentiment, “people always ask me what I’m doing / I don’t know.”

“Shift To The Best” feels more vibey, a little slower, a little more momentum-building, while “Constellation Moments” holds at a very similar tempo. In fact, it might be our favorite track. “Send A Word Home” is the slowest, most gentle track on the album, with much more clarity in its emotional, uplifting sentiment. It’s the perfect way to end the album, a clear departure from the rest of it all.

Home is out October 14th via Asian Man Records. It is available for preorder now.

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