Hailing from Benson, MN, Tiny Moving Parts have just announced the release of their new record, ‘Pleasant Living’. The family band consist of Vocalist/guitarist Dylan Mattheisen and his cousins–bassist Matthew Chevalier and drummer Billy Chevalier, who are brothers–have been best friends since their childhood. As Mattheisen puts it: “We’d be hanging out every day no matter what.” Searching for non audio markers, the press release sums Tiny Moving Parts up ably, ‘Pleasant Living’ showcases a band that has moved past its growing pains and is finding its stride.’ could not put it better with probably a touch of slight relief that sometime the scene’s angst was starting to feel hackneyed in sometimes. What we habe with the new album is more articulate and moe expressive musically.
Latest single ‘Boxcar’
Struck early on by some good wordage, for example take ‘Sundress’ where Dylan sings “the happiest place in the world, until the lights go out and I wake up” the song also boasts a couple of repeated lyric bridge, from the first “I love you, at least I used too’ to the last repeated refrain “I miss you” at least for the immediate proceedings you have a somewhat clearer view of the narrative; “I think we’ve found a happy balance here,” Mattheisen says of his band’s follow-up to 2013’s This Couch Is Long And Full Of Friendship (Kind Of Like Records). “It’s mathy, it’s complex, it’s thought-out, but there’s still an element of having fun sing-along songs in there. We really can’t wait for people to hear the album.” The trio’s positivity it seems well founded, if songs like ‘Saudade’ and ‘Spring Break’ are to be believed, furthermore the more trad ‘Boxcar’ works, the new single does indeed work it’s charm. Followed by ‘Van Beers’ which features piano and trumpet all sing-along, to good effect, looking back just a mater of months, ‘Skinny Veins‘ sounds like it comes from last year, re-tweaked for ‘Pleasant Living’ or could it just be the band showing their braids, as on ‘Entrances & Exits’ and ‘Whiskey Waters’ that suggest that ‘”mathy” description, although they do play a fair but with that musical equation. Then it’s down to track 12, the fretful lead single ‘Always Worried, Forever Focused’ a star player on a above average long player.
Tiny moving Parts are no statesmen, this is merely evolvement with more self expression. ‘Pleasant Living’ is not totally novel, nevertheless the new album is a strong release with easily enough to work. 7.7/10
‘Always Worried, Forever Focused’