Across the Atlantic and I initially met through our mutual friend, Spotify. On our first date, I was shown the band’s delightful cover of One Direction’s “Perfect,” thanks to a Discover Weekly playlist (seriously, check this out if you haven’t, it’s amazing). I’m a sucker for good cover songs. Spotify knew this and thought the band and I would be a good fit. Atlantic’s cover did not disappoint. I was hooked. It was just faithful enough for the listener to know what it was but quickly became something new, unique, and beautiful. Here I was, cruising the backroads to work, windows down, head banging to a One Direction song. What sort of witchcraft was this?! Who were these guys? I had to know.
Thus began my rousing summer affair with Across the Atlantic (we’ve been together ever since). During the summer of 2016, I was spellbound by the band’s debut album Holding on to What We Know. Rock and roll bliss, I was in heaven. This album was great and had an energy that took good care of me, but I needed more. I was ready to grow with them. Alas, nothing came. I was left wanting, cold and alone.
Next I knew, the spring of 2017 had rolled in, and I began to hear murmurs of the band’s return.
Be still, my beating heart.
With their second full-length release, Works of Progress, Across the Atlantic returns with a fiery passion I was not prepared for. Sweeping leads, foot tapping rhythms, and a drive that makes it impossible to sit still; they are back alright. Stronger, bigger, and tighter than ever. The band’s sound (as well as Jay’s vocals) have matured, and provide a welcome and diverse range across this entire album. From the dark underscore in “Playing For Keeps,” to the catchy chorus in “24 Hours” (the first single released off the new album), the band’s growth is not only heard, it’s felt.
Personally, “Sundress Funeral” is my favorite example. Not just for the vocal ranges but this song as a whole embodies everything I love about the album. There’s a light playfulness to the beginning that underpins its entirety. You can’t help but smile when listening. It starts fun, hits hard, and ends by sweeping you off your feet.
I should know, I’m still out here, floating.
Works of Progress drops on September 1st, and is available now for pre-order!