Album Review: Cinema Stare - Hum and the Glow

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Hum and the Glow

Ninth Square Records




Whenever a band releases their debut album, they need to showcase who they are, define their signatures, and most importantly, leave you talking about them. Cinema Stare has accomplished that on Hum and the Glow. Clearly influenced by the early 2000’s indie rock/emo push, you’re instantly given a taste of their indie rock tilt on opening track, “Hum and the Glow,” where they carefully marry its up-tempo style with a consciousness on engaging a live audience as is evident with the start-stop method in the second verse that allows you to scream along with the lines, “I know you’re moving back to school, a little busier and that’s cool.” A similar indie vibe can be heard on the slower paced “Pure Hate,” and on the frantic “Sickly Twins” as it leans on the catchy simplicity of the melody in the guitars to wrap you into the drum rolls that leads you straight to the punch of the chorus. While there’s a distinct soundscape that Cinema Stare achieves, as soon as you think you’ve got them all figured out, they show how unafraid they are to move outside their comfort zone. Whereas “Balloon Suit” brings a pure, acoustic song to the album, “Adult Onset” peels back another layer into who the band is as they reveal a song that sounds like a lost track from The Starting Line’s Say It Like You Mean It. Throughout the 10-tracks, there’s a constant battle waging that makes this such an exciting listen; bold guitars twist you through a distorted indie rock side, while they also slide into a pop-punk driven side with a cleaner, more direct feel (often within the same song). In the middle of this wonderful battle, though, sits the shining star of what makes this band hit: the lyrics! They highlight every confusing young adult emotion with well-crafted lines such as, “would you say on my dying day, I had a purpose” from “Wino(na) Forever,” “does her necklace really end in a cross, have you really found yourself that lost,” on “Adult Onset,” etc. Their uncanny ability to take the real life emotions that come when facing life’s inevitable changes (relationship & otherwise) and pile them into each song in such a way that they speak loudly to the listener is something that only few songwriters can do, but it’s exactly what Cinema Stare has done as each of these tracks leaps from your speakers to meet you on your path and grab hold of you.

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