Reviewed by: Matt Kelchner
Melodic, post-hardcore group Frameworks return in 2016 with Time Spent, a two-song EP, via Topshelf Records. The release showcases the Gainesville, FL band channeling the fury and energy from their 2014 debut full length album, Loom, into new avenues. Influenced by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, the pair of tunes look into a separation of the inner feeling of happiness.
Polished vocals courtesy of Luke Pate take center stage on the EP’s first track, “Worn Out”. A shimmering guitar line tags slowly trails the beginning before breaking into the controlled, planned chaos of the song. All the while a powerful beat and fuzzy, crunchy bass drive the song into an almost industrial side reminiscent of “True Wealth” off Loom. It isn’t long before the course is altered and everything seemingly floats away.
The title track of the album accompanies “Worn Out”. Following in the footsteps of it’s predecessor, “Time Spent” is a quick, focused number that barrels right out of the gate. Weaving in and out of the heavy wall of distortion are dizzying, dancing licks and shrills of guitar. Before you know it, the song lets out and fades off with one last six stringed melody. Time Spent seemingly ends right after it begins but the two songs demonstrate a new level of maturity in songwriting that sets the next stage for Frameworks perfectly.