Sorry guys, no witty intro for this one but do you really even care about what’s going on in my life? I’d like to hope you’re more here for the amazing music I find myself checking out on a nightly basis rather than the stories of my life. Regardless, let’s just go for it and spend some time with Grids & Dots’ ‘What Happens To Friendships?’.
As soon as “Dishes and Days” took over my speakers, I was in love. Soft and sweet but with no shortage of energy, I was instantly in love with the calling nature and the warmth of this opening track. Although you can hear every word perfectly and every beat clearly, there’s a certain haziness that took over my house with this track that I absolutely loved. This album had been sitting on my list for months but it was just now jumping out of me and as “Dishes and Days” faded out and made way to “The Great Divide”, it was clear why.
“The Great Divide” continues with the calming and warm vibe that will definitely be a standout aspect of this entire seven-song release. There’s a playfulness that comes with the back and forth between male and female vocals in this track that has this song feeling a bit faster-paced than the opening song. Even with this slight amp up with the tempo, Grids & Dots makes sure that every note has an intention with it and the track never feels hurried or frantic. This is a fine line to balance but these guys seem to do it so easily.
A little bit more of an alternative rock edge comes into play with “City Skies” which instantly made it a favorite of mine. Although I love the soft and sweet vibe of the first two tracks, something about the louder feeling of “City Skies” instantly had me wanting so much more. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely not a punk or metal edge to this track like I typically go to but I wouldn’t want Grids & Dots to do have that. Their sound just wouldn’t work with that but “City Skies” showcases that this band can do more than just soft, quiet, and chill. I loved seeing this side of the band and hope to get more of it throughout the remaining four tracks.
Although I was a little bummed as “What Happens to Friendships in Winter” brought back the chill vibe, I also appreciated the overly calm mood that this blanketed my house with. Maybe it’s just the song title but this song instantly made me want to look out the window and see snowflakes. There’s just something so cozy and comfy about this track that I found beautiful. I was honestly lost in it all until “Suzy Says” shook me back to reality. Still slow, steady, and warm, this track shifted my mind from a snowy Sunday to a slow dance with a crush instantly. Yeah, I realize that’s an odd statement but I’m pretty sure as soon as you hear this dazzling track, it will make sense to you and you won’t think I’m so crazy after all.
“Someone Mentioned Today” continued to bring warmth throughout my house. This is such a touching track. It was one of those songs where I wish I had a lyric sheet to read along with. Although you can hear every word clearly, I’m the type of person that is trying to listen to everything happening so I find it hard to focus on just the vocals. That being said, there were multiple lines throughout this stunning track that hit me right in the feels. That mixed with Grids & Dots’ signature cool, calm, and collected overall vibe had me in love with this track and left me wanting to listen to it a few more times before having to close out the album.
“Hazey Jane” closes out this album with a surprisingly vocal-heavy track. I honestly thought this album was just going to fade out but I felt the lyrics and overall beat of this final track were a bit more intense than in any of the other tracks. This is far from a bad thing, in fact, it’s a brilliant move. Just when I thought I had Grids & Dots pegged, they threw this final song at me making me want to continue to dig into their music and hear what else they have been hiding from me.
My Favorite Track(s): “City Skies”; “Someone Mentioned Today”
For Fans Of: Beauty; Calmness; Warmth
Daydream-ability: 8 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8.2 out of 10
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