Hyperview – Title Fight

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The tendency of Title Fight to reinvent themselves on each new release has earned them a reputation for forward-thinking songwriting. The band’s latest LP, Hyperview, follows up on the highly successful Floral Green, and marks Title Fight’s first release on the ANTI- Records (which is the sister label to Epitaph). Hyperview heads in the shoegaze-inspired sound that everyone expected, but is it another advancement or a misstep?

The record starts quite strongly. Opening track “Murder Your Memory” is definitely one of the most memorable moments on the LP. Slowly delivered vocals set the tone immediately, and catchy, creative guitar lines hook you in quickly. Before you know it, the song is over. The following track, “Chlorine,” is arguably one of Title’s Fight best tracks overall. The faster, slightly heavier pace is more reminiscent of Floral Green, allowing it to stand out on Hyperview. Additionally, “Chlorine” covers a lot of ground: the drumming and guitar/bass lines in the verses are quite catchy, but, as it transitions into the pre-chorus, the takes an equally enjoyable darker shift.

The bassline that forms the backbone of “Hypernight” is incredibly fun; the song formed around it is particularly impressive because of the unexpected direction it goes in. “Rose of Sharon,” the sixth track and the other single on the record, is another stand-out. The tempo changes and experimentation in the guitar lines and song structure are exciting to hear. Ned Russin’s signature vocals help give the track some added grit.

However, as Hyperview goes on, it starts to get a little stale at times. Except for a few select moments, after about three to four songs, many of the latter songs on the record blend together and don’t really seem to bring much to the table that hasn’t already been covered. Even for the tone this album is going for, the vocals in many of these tracks fall flat and often just come off as feeling uninspired. The tracks “Trace Me Onto You,” “New Vision,” and “Mrahc” are all incredibly similar-sounding songs as well. Despite “Trace” being the strongest track of the three, by the time it comes up in the record, it already sounds redundant.

Over the past couple years, shoegaze-inspired groups have became more and more prominent. It’s understandable that Title Fight’s sound grew to echo this. The commercial success of this record can’t be denied but, overall, Hyperview seems to lack the passion that Title Fight has had in the past. What is equally undeniable, though, is the band’s willingness to try something new. There are still some incredible tracks here, so it will continue to be enjoyable to see where the Kingston, PA band goes next.



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