The Rest unexpectedly lost their long-time friend, mentor, and producer just as they began working on their third album, which caused them to contemplate what they would do next. The band then was then struck by a “hard drive glitch” that deleted a years worth of progress. Three years later, the Canadian band has finally released their long awaited album SEESAW.
SEESAW is an album of many different styles, and emotions. The album starts with Who Knows, which seems as if it is a song about transition. Repetition of the line “but who knows” shows the amount of emotion put into the song as well as the prospect of uncertainty, which could be related to the loss of their close friend just as they began the album. This song also has an element of lyrical and instrumental repetition that adds a somewhat deep, and calming aspect to the track.
SEESAW next jumps into Hey! For Horses, which starts of with an extremely catchy and upbeat instrumental. This is one of my personal favorites on the album. Even whilst writing this review I had to stop at times to appreciate the phenomenal blend of sounds this song contains.
Skip to the fourth song on the album and you will find another catchy, upbeat tune. Laughing Yearning goes from a summery opening, to an African drumbeat, and then to somewhat 1980’s sounding vocals (which appear a lot on the album). This song keeps it short and sweet, but doesn’t feel too short and has very appropriate timing even though it is the shortest on the album.
Young And Innocent appears just when the album is looking like it will recline to a downbeat, relaxed sound. This song has a slightly different style than the rest of the album, but you can hear it has roots in the album and it does a very good job of changing the style but not distancing itself from the rest of the album.
“How am I supposed to slumber?” is the repeated question in the final song on the album, and based on this album I hope The Rest doesn’t find a way after this great album. Final song Slumber is a very fitting conclusion to the album that took three years to release. SEESAW explores many different styles, and is filled with emotional lyrics that contribute to making this album very impressive at the least.