Overall, I’ve had a great weekend. I got a lot of stuff done including cleaning my house from top to bottom and getting caught up on some work stuff but I’m ending this Sunday with a lot of anxiety. I can’t quite put my finger on why I have anxiety right now but I do and it seems like no amount of cleaning or cooking can help it. Hopefully, some new music will do the trick so, no pressure Homecamp, but I hope your album ‘Did We Return As Something Else’ helps calm me down before the storm that this week is sure to be.

I felt a bit calmer as soon as the ambient beginning of “Light As Sweet” took over my house and my ears. I was instantly carried off to a dreamland where today isn’t Sunday and tomorrow isn’t Monday. An old-school emo influence is heard throughout this opening track which was just the icing on the cake. That being said, I wouldn’t call this opening track an emo track or Homecamp an emo band but, again, the influence is there and instantly had me sold on this band.

The calmness continues with “Astral Conversations”. The almost lo-fi feeling to this track had me not only feeling calm but also warm and cozy. It’s one of those songs that has you reaching for your coziest blanket and your favorite cup of tea or glass of wine (depending on your mood). It left me completely lost in my own head but not in the way that I was over-analyzing everything, more just in a way of meditating in a way. At just over five minutes long, it’s not a stretch to call this track epic. Although it starts off quiet and meditative, it crescendos into a track full of power and emotion.

The epicness that “Astral Conversations” ends with leads into “Thoughts of You” perfectly. Although still soft and sweet, there’s more volume and power in “Thoughts Of You” than in the opening track. The blend of old school emo, new school indie rock, and an all over-emotional sound that is goosebump-inducing seems to be Homecamp’s forte and it’s a beautiful thing. “The Howling” expands on the beauty and, even though it’s the shortest track on this album at just under four minutes, it packs a punch. It brings a more carefree feeling that made it an instant favorite of mine. Don’t mistake me calling this carefree to be more upbeat. One thing that Homecamp does that I love is they keep the tempo a bit slower than what I typically prefer while keeping the energy and emotion high. “The Howling” is a perfect example of that.

“Sell Everything” continues with the sound that only Homecamp can pull off. I definitely zoned out during this song but not out of boredom, more just because it brought so much relaxation to my head and my heart. I knew nothing about Homecamp when I hit play on this album but it’s clear that listening to this album tonight was fate because “Sell Everything”, along with all of the previous tracks, was hitting me just right on this sleepy Sunday night.

As if this album wasn’t already perfect, “Before The Storm” took over my speakers and part of me just wanted to cry. The way this song fits my mood tonight is almost scary. This is the first track where I really found myself following along with the lyrics and that just amplified the beauty of this album for me. This is a must listen to track and one that is definitely going on my daily playlist. I didn’t want this track to end so after a half dozen listens, I reluctantly moved on to “Two Doves”. Although “Two Doves” is still a great song (like all of the others on this album), I kept on having to fight the urge to go back to “Before The Storm” and listen to it once again.

“Love Is Not Enough” caps off this album in the perfect way. This ending track takes a little bit of everything heard throughout the previous seven songs and wraps it up with a shiny bow. Although I was ready to hunker down in bed with a book for the night just due to the comfort this album gave me, I had to listen to this final track a couple of times before shutting down my speakers and finding myself in a silent house.

I truly believe that my list of albums to review speaks to me in an odd way. It’s like whenever I don’t know what to do or what to listen to, a name on my list jumps out to me and it ends up being the perfect soundtrack to that moment. ‘Did We Return As Something Else’ is a perfect example of that. Thank you Homecamp for bringing me the peace of mind and calmness that I so desperately needed tonight.

My Favorite Track(s): “The Howling”; “Before The Storm”

For Fans Of: Emo Tendencies; Calmness; Ambient vibes

Daydream-ability: 9 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the back of the couch; Autumn slept upstairs in my bed

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 5 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 8.3 out of 10

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