American indie rock band, Bad Suns, have returned with their second album Disappear Here following 2014’s Language and Perspective.
Accompanied by heavy bass lines, smooth drums, and killer vocals from Christo Bowman, Bad Suns have curated an album that showcases their musical talents while also using unique storytelling discussing themes of unrequited love and how it plays out.
“Disappear Here” starts off the album on a very strong note, comprised of a fast tempo and background synths that feed off the fast percussion. Followed by “Heartbreaker,” a soft indie break-up anthem using a soft chant of “heartbreaker” as a mild guitar riff that carries the song through to the end.
The standout song of the album has to go to “Love Like Revenge” which is a song mostly comprised of synth driven percussion but then a horn section comes in a couple of seconds into the song. The duo is a surprising mix that work well together and can be considered new territory for Bad Suns.
Listeners can hear some hints of eighties inspiration in tracks like “Even in My Dreams, I Can’t Win” and “Daft Pretty Boys” using distinctive combinations of synths and guitars while Bowman’s vocals have an echoey quality that reflect off of the production of both tracks.
While Disappear Here has an array of upbeat, funkadelic songs to groove to, it also has its fair share of slower songs. Songs such as “Off She Goes” and “Maybe We’re Meant to Be Alone” will cater to the more emotional depth that fans will want. While they take a backseat to the rest of the tracks, Bad Suns manages to still make them shine in their own way production-wise.
However, where Bad Suns really shine are on the last two tracks. “How Am I Not Myself” has a slight pop punk influence that can be heard in the beginning with the immediate kick drums and heavy guitar upon first listen.
“Outskirts of Paradise” is the closing song and my absolute favorite track on the album. It begins with a five note guitar strum that goes on for about five seconds and is then met with kick drums and Bowman’s vocals. It’s a quick lead to the catchy pre-chorus of, “I’m on the outskirts of paradise/Chasing desire through the night/Picturing ways to take flight/When the time comes”.
What I think really makes this track stand out is in the middle and Bowman’s velvety falsetto sings “separate yourself/integrate yourself.” It’s a vibrant song that ends with the guitar strumming and the repeating of that line that reminds me of driving off into the sunset.
With the album closing with “Outskirts of Paradise,” it left me wanting more of Bad Suns’ music. I absolutely loved Language and Perspective and was surprised at how well (maybe even better) they managed to follow up to it.
Disappear Here is an album designed to attract listeners with their infectious melodies and upbeat synthy beats. This already one of my favorite albums of fall, for sure.