On Tuesday, the latest release from Baltimore emo act Pianos Become the Teeth was released digitally. It is a split 7" with Touche Amore, the excellent post-hardcore act from Los Angeles. The record is also Pianos' first release since "The Lack Long After," its sophomore album from November 2011. You can stream both songs here.
Pianos' contribution, "Hiding," can be streamed above. It is a noticeable leap forward, not because vocalist Kyle Durfey sings more than he screams, but because he sounds surprisingly great doing so. This makes for another new, exciting development: His lyrics, an asset for the quintet, can be deciphered with (relative) ease. Weirdly enough, Durfey sounds like Brian Fallon, the Gaslight Anthem singer, at first, but locks into his own bloodletting style quickly.
Touche Amore, whose June 2011 album "Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me" was one of the more refreshing hardcore albums I'd heard in recent memory, contributes "Gravity, Metaphorically" to the split. It's longer than most Touche Amore songs, clocking in at just over four minutes. It's a heavy song, with precise, loud-to-soft moments that are both sweeping and energizing.
Click here to pre-order a copy of the vinyl. The physical release drops Jan. 22.
In other Pianos news, the band will play the Ottobar on Feb. 23, its first hometown show since last January. Tickets are available here.
Read my feature on Pianos Become the Teeth from last year here.