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Fall of Transition/Retrace a Lost Design

November 8, 2004

falloftransitionFall of Transition/Retrace a Lost Design
Best Feature: Combination of new and old styles creates an exceptional style.
Genre: Emo/Indie Rock
Label: Self-released

While many new bands try to integrate their own talents into an already established emo/indie sound, Fall of Transition combines the subtle sensitivity of Sunny Day Real Estate with the sometimes grainy yet passionate vocals of bands such as Brand New and Taking Back Sunday to result in a clean, powerful, emotional release that pays tribute to indie rock’s pioneers while still retaining a modern sound.

Having said this, Fall of Transition does have a very unique and inimitable sound. There is a lot of emotion in their music, both through the vocals as well as their instrumentation. This creates a wonderful harmony between the tone of each song and the underlying message that the vocals are trying to communicate. For example, the song “Fabulous Liar” opens with an almost dark piano line, which fades into a soft guitar line and somber vocals, complementing the song’s probable theme of infidelity- although the subtle nature of the song allows different interpretations for each listener.

Fall of Transition’s songwriting is exceptional, but it does have one minor shortcoming. Although the songwriter’s ability to create intense, cleverly and carefully poetic songs is extraordinary, FoT rarely branches out from the theme of unrequited love (the exception being “Silhouettes”, which appears to be a love song, although the poetic style of the songs by nature leaves them open to interpretation). Nevertheless, each song is sung straight from the heart, which combined with the lyrical talent overcomes the repeated theme. The pure emotion put into the songwriting hits hard by luring in the emotions of the listener and holding on from the first word of every song until the last.

-Andrea Goodwin

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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