Evan Weiss has released his second full-length studio album under the ‘Into It. Over it.’ moniker and has aptly named it Intersections. Weiss gained a fanbase that stretches far and wide after recording a song for every week in a year and releasing each for free download on his website, which were all eventually compiled into a physical two disc record accordingly named 52 Weeks. Intersections will be released close to two years after Proper, his previous effort, and shows a step up from his usual stellar standards.

The record opens with ‘New North-Side Air’, a gentle piano track littered with sharp cymbals and reminiscent lyrics, with the repetition of “Here I go, again”. Weiss’s voice comfortably floods the song and manages to gel perfectly with the sound, a trait found throughout the diverse tracks on this record.

‘A Curse Worth Believing’ first catches the ear with nearly a minute and a half of smooth distortion opening the song over a space-age echoey sound. That same sound continues as an undertone to the entire song, before closing with similar distortion that it began with, albeit shorter. This track is another example of an easygoing sound building to a slight peak but with a completely different tone to it, showcasing Weiss’s true talent and progression in creating songs since his debut.

A true pop-punk sound is heard within ‘Upstate Blues’, especially with the bare vocals at the beginning, acompannied by a simple guitar riff before singalong “Woah-oh”‘s throughout. “If misery loves company then what does that make me?” is an example of the downtrodden lyrics in the heartbroken song, yet with an upbeat sound that will be sure to get crowds jumping along and fix this as a fan favourite.

‘Contractual Obligation’ is the album closer. Close to seven minutes in length, by far the most extensive track on the record, it lets Weiss pull out all of his tricks; beginning with systematic drums punctuating frantic guitars and questioning lyrics. “Where will you go when the going’s slow?/When the well dries up beneath your parents’ basement?” The use of the lyrics “We were different all along” are repeated throughout the song, summing up the tone of the track. The track and record end with overlayed, repetitive lyrics, leaving an excited atmosphere that will instantly make you want to replay the entire record all over again.

Evan Weiss has created yet another raw, beautiful record that is sure to satisfy Into It. Over It. fans after their long wait with dynamic new directions being explored by the non-stop music maker. Intersections is out September 24th through Triple Crown Records.

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