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Monday, September 20, 2021

CD Review: The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap

Conditions

Glassnote Records

Rating: 4

The soulful and gospel-like vocals make The Temper Trap unlike most indie rock bands out there today. Most distinguished for their track “Sweet Deposition” featured in the indie film (500) Days of Summer, there’s no denying the attempt that The Temper Trap, an Australian-based band, makes to enter into the mainstream wave.

Yet, there is an undeniable charm and originality that seeps past the predictable power chords and climactic pauses – both of which are commonly seen in most impressionable rock songs. The compilation of deep resonating bass, distorted guitar riffs and soaring falsetto from front-man Dougy Mandagi combine to produce the overall hypnotic sound of Conditions.

From the hand-clapping intro of title track “Love Lost” to the purely instrumental vision in “Drum Song,” Conditions makes for an exploration of varying lyrical and instrumental arrangements.

Give these tracks a listen: “Soldier On,” “Love Lost”

For Fans Of: Passion Pit, Florence, The Machine

-Uyen Cao

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