In tandem with groups such as The Amity Affliction bringing a melodic dimension to the metalcore genre, other groups such as Renaissance Kids have since come out of the woodwork to bring their creative energy to the genre. Having formed four short months ago, the Denver-based duo has wasted no time sharing their music with the world through the medium of their debut EP Another Life. After working with the highly acclaimed producer Cameron Mizell (Issues, Crown the Empire), Another Life was born and delivered into the hands and ears of eager listeners.
The duo gets the attention of listeners in the opening track “Undertow,” finding a healthy balance of melody and aggression. The chorus gives listeners a hanging, eerie, Evanescenece-esque effect with echoed backing vocals and produces a sound that creates an earworm. The track does piggyback on the Amity Affliction’s concept record Let The Ocean Take Me and the embellishment of water a bit, but there’s still enough catchy material to make the track stand on its own.
The proceeding track “I Can See Everything” has a similar feel, but doesn’t hit quite as hard. That’s not saying it’s a bad track by any means, but doesn’t add much contrast until “Aeviternal” plays and adds some diversification. On a pure melodic standpoint, “Aeviternal” offers some great depth with the smooth and toned down nature. Touching on themes of wandering and searching for meaning, the track does a good job of slowing things down and adding some different avenues for listeners.
The closing track “Time Froze And You Set The Fire” has moments of brilliance, but provides what feels to be recycled material that can be felt on the preceding tracks with the comparisons to the sea. However, the track does bring some different ideas to the table with the notions of embracing the present and not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
Production-wise, the EP sounds crisp with Mizell at the helm, and it offers some eerie feel in moments to listeners. The identity issues of Renaissance Kids can be felt throughout the EP’s four-track duration, which is to be expected with how quickly the duo turned around to produce something tangible for the world to listen to. The EP offers some moments of brilliance and hooky melodic components, but Renaissance Kids still needs to develop their own voice to not get lost within the genre.