In these times, the improbable now often seems possible, especially when it comes to politics. With that air of unpredictability though comes a sense of uncertainty, that the future can feel unknowable. It’s in this grey area where Brooklyn’s Big Ups dwell on their latest album. As its own title might suggest, ‘Two Parts Together’ is an often searing investigation into everything seemingly intangible, a journey into a fascinating metaphysical realm.
During this voyage, Big Ups present deeply textured and shape-shifting post-hardcore feasts. They cut a striking balance between dynamic, blistering chords, chugging basslines, crashing percussion and more languid moments, sometimes punctuated by strings, synthesisers, piano and field recordings. They build up tension only to explode in razor-sharp release. Even on the opening title track, they shift backwards and forwards between frenetic riffs and downtempo passages, introducing the constant duality of the record.
Joe Galarraga vocalises many of the feelings found in this liminal space, veering between almost nonchalance and throat-shredding rasps in the process. ‘PPP’ forms the album’s most hook-laden moment, as Galarraga belts “look into the crystal and see what you want to see,” while on ‘In The Shade’ he presents a more introspective moment, questioning “what’s waiting, what’s hiding, what’s unknown, untapped, in the shade?” On ‘Fear’ he asks: “which version of the world is the one that will be coming?” It’s a difficult question to answer but on ‘Two Parts Together’ Big Ups present an emotional, cathartic reflection on the more mysterious aspects of life.
Support Loud And Quiet from £3 per month and we'll post you our next 9 magazines
As all of us are constantly reminded, it’s getting harder for independent publishers to stay in business, which applies to Loud And Quiet more now than ever, 14 years after we first started printing a magazine that we’ve always given away for free.
Having thought about the best way to support the costs of what we do (the printing and server fees, the podcast and video production costs etc.) we’d like to ask our readers who really enjoy what we do to subscribe to our next 9 issues over the next 12 months. The cheapest we can afford to do this for is a recurring payment of £3 per month for UK subscribers. If you really start to hate it you can cancel at any time. The same goes for European subscriptions (£6 per month) and the rest of the world (£8 per month).
It’s not just a donation – you’ll receive a physical copy of our magazine through your door, and some extra perks detailed on our subscribe page. Digital subscriptions are available worldwide for £15 per year. We hope you consider this a good deal and the best way to keep Loud And Quiet in your life without its content, independence or existence suffering.