Over the past few years, one of my favourite genres to grow exponentially is that of Math/Art Rock. One of my favourite bands in this genre has to be that of Covet, and with their new album Technicolour on the horizon, it’s time to dive in.
Firstly, we have Good Morning, an incredibly soft, warm opening track that captures in sound the feeling to wake up after a perfect night’s sleep, refreshed and ready to go, which fits even better as the opening to an album too. Atreyu is up next, and features mostly as a familiar placement and sound for fans, while also featuring some pretty heavy riffs and by this point I already found myself lost within the sound of the album. Track 3 Parachute is my first true stand out on the album. Everyone plays amazingly across the track, but we also hear Yvette Young sing for the first time with Covet here and the vocal performance is gorgeous.
Following on, we have Predawn, a gorgeous, dreamlike track that sounds like it belongs in a film. Nero is the first of the album’s singles and manages to blend elements of Metal riffs, Math-Rock guitar lines with Jazz filled Bass and Drums. If there is one track on this album that sums up Covet as a band, it is Nero. After that, we have a small interlude with Pirouette before we jump back into the album with Aeries which I would say is the most technical of any track on the release, as well as truly highlighting how talented drummer Forrest Rice and bassist David Adamiak are.
While the previous track was the rest of the band showing their musical talent, track 8 Parrot is potentially Yvette’s strongest performance instrumentally across the 10 tracks found here. Second, to last is Odessa. Not only is the longest track on the release, but also blends orchestral and string elements together to help separate it sound wise from what came before. The soft tones work perfectly to pull in listeners just before the final track. Closing the album, we have the aptly titled Farewell that starts with an even stronger vocal performance from Young. “I had some traumatic things happen to me, and I wanted to write a comforting song,” she sighs. “The melody was really nostalgic. I wrote the lyrics as a letter to myself or anyone going through trouble. Recovering from something difficult doesn’t happen overnight. You need to take it day-by-day to let go of trauma and move forward.” There’s not much to say about Farewell that Yvette didn’t say herself in that quote if there is one track to check out on the album, make it this.
All in all, Covet have put out another phenomenal album that truly shows just how unique Math-Rock is as a genre. With no two tracks sounding the same, it’s an incredible achievement that the album flows as well as it does, and even more impressive is the consistency of which Covet are able to create such works of art. Buy this album, you won’t regret it.
Technicolour is out Friday, June 5th Via Triple Crown Records.