THE CREASES | TREMOLOW
The release of a debut album is a big moment, both for the band who’ve put years of work into building the skills, and their name, as well as fans who’ve eagerly watched single after single grow in popularity. Four years on from the release of their EP Gradient The Creases have finally set loose an album of their own – Tremolow the only question is, have they produced something that is too good to be true.
Every single released in the lead up to Tremolow was simply impeccable. There were hardly subtle pop undertones to classic indie rock. Impact shimmered more than the sun’s light off the ocean on a good day in Sorrento, and Is It Love had us hunting for our life partner on the dance floor. Every single was a hit in the making.
However on my very first listen of Tremolow, It felt like a dud. The album flatlined. For me, it was a year and a half of obsession, turned into the biggest let down possible, but that raised the question. If every single leading up to this album sounded so good, why didn’t they peak when I listened to Tremolow in and out while writing this review? While The Creases have released an album that is rather flat, they’ve done so at their peak. Every single track on this album deserves the chance to fly solo as a single, after listening time and time again, it became clear that this is one of the more consistent albums released in a long, long time. The limitations of genre and vocal sound did create a sense of homogeneity in the twelve tracks present, but that’s a reality of working in such a natural form.
From the get go, the album is a fun filled, indie pop rock blend that you can already tell is timeless. Answer To oozes angst and craving for understanding, a perfect introduction to an album when you come to think of it. While the track may be about trying to get your head around someone you care about, as fans and listeners, Tremolow is an opportunity to get into the heads of the Brisbane based quartet and figure them out. Throughout the release, a number of relatable experiences become the topic of tracks, from the idolising of others’ friendships in Everybody Knows to Asshole that so clearly describes the casual irks surrounding a person, there is this feeling of every day connections on Tremolow. In fact, that’s what makes this album so great. It doesn’t try too hard to be big and flashy, isolated tracks aren’t fighting for attention, it isn’t even trying to break down cultural or genre barriers. The Creases have a clear understanding of what they do well, and they’ve pushed themselves subtly in the process of developing this album. It feels more like a round of afternoon beers with mates than it does the bold statement that a debut album is. The Creases have revealed an intelligence in design. The wait for this album may have felt too long, and the first few listens may have given an assumption that the whole album is the same, but once you get over that, it’s clear that this is in fact something rather special.
The glittery riffs in In My Car are so perfectly created for power moves on the dance floor, and the introduction to It’s Alright – such a wonderful ode to brit pop – creates a moments of pure, charming, energy. In a weird way, the best comparison to this release is Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion. While this lacks the large scale pop aspect of her third album, it contains that consistency of character, and utilisation of key instrumental tricks. As you work through Tremolow you notice that the guitar work is almost self referencing in that so many of the riffs feel similar to those around them. This could easily be a bit tacky, or feel cheap, but rather it ties tighter bonds in the release, tying each track together better than just lyrics or a regular vocalist ever could. It’s almost uncanny how consistently great Tremolow is. Even J.K. Rowling slipped the standard with The Half Blood Prince, yet somehow The Creases have created a 12 track album that is more or less perfection. It takes a moment to overcome that it is initially, it is rare an album can float at the same level start to finish and it be deemed a good thing, but here it’s been done. It raises exciting questions for what will come next for the band. But in the meantime, Tremolow will be lasting us a good while yet. Meanwhile, catch them making the rounds nationally.
Friday, September 8th | Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Saturday, September 9th | Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth
Friday, September 15th | Howler, Melbourne
Saturday, September 16th | The Lair, Sydney
Friday, September 22 | The Zoo, Brisbane
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