Built wholly from synthesizers, live drums, and the familiar warmth of Bazan’s vocal delivery, Headphones boasts deft arrangements with timeless melodies and uncanny lyrical depth. Clean, open room recording; digital subtleties with analog affectations; seamless integration of electronic and rock and elements.
Fans of Bazan’s past efforts will feel comfortable here, but also challenged and excited by a new chapter in his book of classic songwriting. Headphones poses a stark simplicity, relying on a limited number of instruments – reminiscent of early records by Low. Thematically, Headphones treads dark waters where a certain frankness and antagonism work to confront issues of love, loss and loyalty head-on.