Reviewed by: Jordy Lyric
Conshohocken producer Will Yip has a Midas touch. It’s no hidden gem: Yip’s clientele consistently releases exceptionally good music. From Title Fight to Citizen, to local favorite Anthony Green and his hometown hero band, Circa Survive, to name but a few, Yip’s repetoire includes tons of mine and the other Philadelphia/suburban area music junkies’ favorite records. Now, Yip’s done it again with his stellar work on Pianos Become The Teeth’s Keep You.
Gorgeous and honest, the album differs greatly from the band’s previous releases, all of which I personally love, but does so beautifully rather than cheaply. Vocals shake with passion but remain composed in contrast to their former harshness. The instrumentation is haunting and well put together. It certainly reminisces the band’s older material, but seems slightly more calculated and refined in terms of composition.
Though sad, the frankness of the album is refreshingly straightforward and relatable, a quality of the genre well represented in Keep You. The band loses no passion nor momentum in their softer approach, they simply switch up the way it’s conveyed. Though many a band stumbles when changing direction musically, Pianos Become The Teeth strides, right alongside Will Yip.