path by path is a recurring feature series in which artists guide readers through each song on their latest release. Today, Home Is Where took us through their new album Whale.
Today (June 16), the fifth wave of emo released their Home Is quartet as they unleash their latest project, the ambitious, genre-fusion, and conceptual Whale. Based on the themes and landscapes of their 2021 greatest hits album, I have become birdsthe new large-scale LP about the end of it all, is set to folk jams, emo hooligans, and angst anthems.
“Whale Vocalist Brandon McDonald says: a result. Without getting too deep into the weeds, the album as a whole tells the story of the whole world that got stuck in a time loop on 9/11/2001, and as with tape loops, the more it plays, the more it deteriorates. People grow up and things change, but the WTC collapse does happen. Every morning “.
She continues, “It has happened so often now that the episode almost completely falls apart, things fall apart, whales expose themselves to harpoons that the narrator didn’t know they were holding. The end of the world isn’t a big event, it’s just another day.”
For such a darkly absurd assumption, however, the music Whale She refuses to wallow. Instead, he frantically jumps around various chords, genres, and volumes, resulting in danceable vocals fit for the end of the world. The performances are as thoughtful and emotional as the narrative, and despite its short running time, the recording sounds as big as a blue whale.
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put it all together, Whale is the ultra-modern concept album that 2023 needs. And with its rotating track list, listeners may find themselves sucked into a loop much like the storyline of the album.
“It ends exactly where it began,” MacDonald says of the album’s overarching approach. “Smiling somehow, it’s like that sometimes.”
Listen to Whale below, followed by MacDonald’s Track by Track breakdown.
In support of the album, Home Is Where hits the road for a North American tour. Get your tickets here.