Will This Do?
Long Neck, a project led by Lily Mastrodimos, returns with their sophomore effort Will This Do?, and have garnered a good amount of hype prior to this release. This album not only lives up to the hype but exceeds it by a mile. It’s a perfect mixture of folk, pop and indie rock, without coming off as contrived or boring. Mastrodimos’ voice is haunting and powerful, and while it blends excellently with the backdrop of the sweeping guitars and heavy percussion, it does not fade or become overpowered by the instrumentation. The band takes a poetic approach to address themes such as heartbreak and yearning. For example, on the track “Hive Collapse”, there’s a retrospective sadness about a past lover as she sings:
“I know where you’re living now,
I know where you are,
If you don’t think that I’m missing you,
You were foolish from the start.”
There’s a good sense of variety within the album that showcases the band’s ability to successfully experiment with different genres and sounds. For example, pop rock with big, hooky choruses can be heard with “Mine/Yours”, “Elizabeth”, and “Lichen”, then they start incorporating acoustic folk with tracks such as “Matriarch” and “Rosy”. Perhaps their most interesting tracks are towards the latter part of the album, such as “Ashes”, “Hive Collapse” and “Milky Way”. They have a grunge-y element within them, and it sounds heavier with more distorted guitars and harder percussion; and this really highlights the themes of loss and retrospect within the lyrics.
This is a fantastic, well-structured album that creatively addresses melancholic themes in a sincere, genuine way. Despite the heaviness within the lyrics, it’s not overbearing and over-the-top, and while the band does not introduce reinvention of indie pop and rock, it’s still a really great project that elicits a lot of emotion and heart.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: LONG NECK – WILL THIS DO?