Review: Adventures, ‘Supersonic Home’
When I go into listening to a new record, I’m never sure of what to expect. There are moments where I press play and I fall in love because I am so taken off guard by the music. The first time I listened to The Hotelier is a very good example of that feeling. There was so much raw power behind the vocal delivery on ‘An Introduction To The Album’ that I felt an immediate connection to it. There are also times where I press play and what I’m listening to feels like such a pure and natural progression for a band, that I let out a sigh of relief, and brace myself for the ride.
The latter is the case when it comes to Adventures’ incredible debut album ‘Supersonic Home.’ I’ve talked to friends about how this record just makes me feel comfortable to the extent of feeling at home. There is an undeniable sense of nostalgia and warmth that radiates from these ten songs that I don’t know I’ve felt before/don’t know that I will ever feel again. From the second I pressed play, I was thrown into the most euphoric listening experience that I’ve ever had.
I remember watching Run For Cover’s Small Talk with Jami and Reba of Adventures and hearing Reba say that singing was/is harder for her than her vocals for Code Orange. That was two years ago and Adventures has released a few things between then and now, but I need to make it clear that there is not an inkling of struggle on this record. The exchange of vocals between Reba and Kimi make for one of my favorite vocal dynamics in the genre, and I can’t imagine very many people disagreeing with me, especially not after they hear the spirited album opener, “Dream Blue Haze.”
I was one song in when I had my “holy shit!” moment and realized this record was going to be bigger than I could have imagined. I’ve already told you the track is spirited, but I mean it. There is so much livelihood to this track and the harmonies are going to grab you by the ears and they aren’t going to let you go until the record stops. I didn’t know what to expect Adventures to open with, but I didn’t expect it to hit me as hard as it did. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting any of this record to hit me as hard as it has.
We have two singles from the record already. “Heavenly” and “Your Sweetness” are the second and third tracks on the album and continue with the steady power that “Dream Blue Haze” laid the groundwork for. The chorus of “Heavenly” always gives me goosebumps, but the real shining star of this trifecta is “Your Sweetness.” We’ve talked about harmonies already, but this track comes equipped with some of the best this record has to offer, and is so dynamic in sound. The best part of this is that we haven’t even gotten to the best songs on the album yet.
Normally I would say something about all of these tracks being my favorites and that it’s hard to pick one. And while I do love every track on this record, it was easy for me to pick clear favorites. Those tracks would be “Dream Blue Haze”, “Your Sweetness”, “Pure”, “Absolution, Warmth Requited”, “Tension”, and “Long Hair.” I know this might seem cheap because it doesn’t leave much else to pick from, but six out of ten of these songs are contenders for the best songs that you’re going to hear in 2015, so get familiar.
I cannot sing enough praise for this record. “Supersonic Home” feels incredible, nostalgic, and warm, but more than that, it feels like a classic. This record is going to become a staple, and although I’m trying to throw the word emo around less and less as time goes on, I have one thing to say: this is the record every revivalist wants to make. Adventures has managed to perfectly capture the sound so many bands are pining for, bottle it up, and give it to us in one of the most pristine packages we could have asked for. This record hits, and it hits hard. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 5/5