Album Review: Vinyl Theatre – Origami

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Indie rockers Vinyl Theatre have made quite the name for themselves since bursting onto the scene in 2014. After releasing their debut album Electrogram in 2014 with Fueled by Ramen they have toured with the likes of Twenty One Pilots as well heading on their own North American headline tour. 

It’s been nearly three years since their debut album was released. With a change to their line-up, their highly anticipated sophomore album Origami is here. The ambitious new direction for the band is on full display in this album which could propel them to mainstream indie-rock glory. With the help of producers Albert Di Fiore and Alex Aldi (Passion Pit), Vinyl Theatre managed to whittle down 40 new songs to nine superb tracks. 

Not ones to shy away from personal issues Vinyl Theatre has created a thought-provoking, stimulating, and emotional record.  Underneath the heavy synths and rolling drum beats are mature and honest lyrics.

Origami takes you on a journey to think critically about everything from life, the future, and relationships which require imagination and open-mindedness. It’s clear that human existence is the lyrical inspiration for the album.

Opening the album is the track ‘My Fault’. The personal growth between the albums is on full display as they relate to their last album with the lyric “I'm still holding on to fool's gold thinking I can still get praise.” A nod to their song 'Gold' from their last record, which includes the lyric “At least I have found my Gold.” This clever inclusion highlights the dynamic nature of the band. 

The track ’30 Seconds’ highlights the shortness of life in a hopeful way. The philosophical song proclaims that we each have a birth and death date, but what we do in between is what is significant and more importantly it is up to us to choose that encompasses. 

‘New Machines’ is a jam-packed layered number which signals a change in direction band.  Vocalist-Guitarist Keegan Calms says “’New Machines’ questions the limits of human knowledge and finds comfort in the boundless expanse."

‘Pull Your Weight’ has profoundly honest lyrics including “No one likes to be called out” and “Suddenly, I wanted to change But I won't I won't Just to save you”. The hopeful and positive track with heavy undertones embraces the message of the album. 

The album finishes with a piano ballad, ‘Thank You For The Good Times’ showcasing Calmes’ strong vocals. The track ends the album on a sombre and emotional end with lyrics including “It won’t be long ‘till you find someone new”. Not only is it the end of the album, but the lyrics relate to the end of a relationship. The sincere track is perfect for reminiscing about lost love. 

The band has made progress, particularly lyrically between their albums. The more polished sound that the band has created with their new record shows growth. Each of the tracks is different from each other and from their previous work. Professional and personal growth is immediately recognisable within the tracks. 

The three-piece have created an interesting and dynamic piece of work that will have you hooked throughout. Nestled within the songs are captivating surprises which are refreshing and brilliant. 

Written by Megan Venz