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Last month, Talk In Tongues released their debut album, Alone With A Friend. The Los Angeles based foursome's first LP shows how good beginnings can come from other beginning's end. In 2014, the future bandmates were still trying their hands in other groups and bands. Having seen one another play at shows and mingling at the after parties, the soon-to-be bandmates decided to come together and start rehearsing. According to them, there was instant chemistry and musical direction; thus, Talk In Tongues was born.

Alone With A Friend, for the most part, not only fits the direction the band wanted to go in, but it fits witht the "indie-music" scene seeping out of Los Angeles. These days, you either go the electro-pop route or you grab an old Strat and crankup the reverb. For Talk In Tongues, the reverb and distortion soaked psych-pop felt the most natural. Alone With A Friend is full of songs that invoke the psychedelic craze coursing through music right now. But, there is something different about this album. If you're looking for straight up grungey, psych rock, your best bet is to peruse anything from Burger Records. Talk In Tongues offers up something a little more: pop sensibility and the willingness to cross out of a known comfort zone. Most debut albums cement for listeners what artistic department this new band fits into. It is true, majority of the album is awash in your typical, guitar-oriented psych-pop. The two opening tracks start off strong. 'Time's Still (For No One Yet)' has repeating guitar riffs over syncopated drums and bass. There's also a guitar line that invokes post-India Beatles; all this is a clear sign to the listener of they should be expecting for the next 10 tracks. The second track, 'While Everyone Was Waiting', takes the mood a step further with a bass line that flips between funk and galloping beats.

And while songs like these are representative of the album as a whole, they actually aren't the best part of the record. Talk In Tongues sound best when they move past that stereotypical shoegazey psych-pop and push themselves. On 'Call For No One Else', there are pan flutes and tribal percussion that actually work. The song couldn't function without them. Add in the droning underone and tight harmonies and your left with a great song. This immediately transitions into 'She Lives In My House'. With heavy distortion and an upbeat surf-punk rhythm, this song is also a nice break of pace.

The band's two strongest songs are actually the album closers. 'Always All The Time' has a heavy bass presence, synths playing on the high end of the treble clef and a heavy, dragging beat. All this is awash in a distortion. There is risk involved with songs like this. They were able to straddle their melodic, pop sensibilities with music that could have easily turned into a warbled, over-produced mess.

The album closer, and catchiest song on the album, is 'Something Always Changes'. With tight drum fills, watery guitar lines, hooks, and just enough dissonance to be psych-ish, the song is a perfect representation of Talk In Tongues is capable of. The band can write music. On this song, it is apparent they weren't afraid of letting a natural pop-sense slip through the cracks.

There is nothing wrong with being catchy. There is nothing inherently wrong with "pop". Alone With A Friend is a good starting point. Talk In Tongues knew what they wanted to make and made it. That is commendable. But along the way, and possibly unknowingly, the band has shown that there is more to them than psych-pop songs. Singer-guitarist McCoy Kirgo said they wanted songs "you'd hear at a fest like Glastonbury." And while they achieved this, songs like 'Call For No One Else' and 'Something Always Changes' show there is more they can do. In 'Changes', they sing, "Forget the places/ where I grew/ It's not like before/...Something always changes/ Nothing stay the same." It will be exciting to see the direction this band goes if they trust in their own abilities and embrace the changes they have already made apparent on this debut album.

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