Post hardcore veterans Senses Fail have released their first ever acoustic EP titled In Your Absence. Hearing a stripped-down version of one of my favorite bands is so awesome. It really puts you in touch with the lyrics of each song. The theme seems to circulate around the frailty of life and love. The words are sad in some aspects but it also helps you appreciate life in a sense. Singer Buddy Nielsen opened up in an interview with Billboard that the driving force for the songs came from his wife, who suffers from MS, having a miscarriage in 2016. So, death and the fragility of human life became very evident to him. Sometimes you just need a daily reminder that life is precious, and it sounds like Neilsen gets that from his belief in Buddhism.
The first song on the EP, “Jets to Peru,” is a light and playful acoustic one about love. I adore the lyrics in the chorus, “The world could fall apart, You own my lonely heart.” It just confirms my belief that you can weather any storm if you surround yourself with the ones you love.
The title track “In Your Absence” starts with a slow, sad, acoustic melody which leads into a hauntingly beautiful lyric about losing the one you love the most. It’s relatable to anyone who’s suffered a loss wondering how they can go on without that person. Any good acoustic song needs to have powerful lyrics to compel the listener. This track has that and then some. The music perfectly accompanies the sad tone to the song.
“Death Bed” is the third track on the EP and continues with the sad yet meaningful vibe. There’s so much truth to the lyric in the first verse saying “Life’s not fair, and we only get so much time.” The song is a good reminder that we still have those we lost and love shining bright in our memories with them.
The last two songs on the EP are acoustically revamped songs from previous albums. “Family Tradition” from 2008’s Life is Not a Waiting Room and “Lost and Found” from 2006’s Still Searching. Both were songs I loved originally, but hearing them stripped down in this acoustic format brought a whole new enjoyment to them. The EP is available now and Senses Fail are also out on the road. Catch them at a show near you and you will get to hear the ever popular Still Searching album in its entirety plus some more of the fan favorites. It’s certainly one not to miss.