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ALBUM REVIEW: SINK IN, ‘ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY THINGS’

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Standby Records

Yesterday Standby Records debuted pop/rock four piece Sink In‘s first full length release since 2015. The band – comprised of Tighe Eshleman (vocals), Cobrette Bardole (guitar), Brett Latorre (bass/vocals), and Stefano Pigliapoco (drums/vocals) – has pieced together their signature energetic sound with important and inspiring messages to form Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things. The title alone gives more emphasis to its underlying message and the freeing feeling it provides its listeners, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the nostalgic 2000s pop/punk feel we get in these brand new, intricately woven tracks.

The work opens with its acronym “O.P.E.T.”, a speech recording that really sets the pace for the album itself, quoting its title and really revving the listener up. It bleeds right into “Higher”, which is a standard punk-tinged pop track, something to really get a party going. “Get Out!” carries on at a moderate clip, notable more for its hard hitting bass and drum beat than its predecessor. The song itself is a dramatized piece about improvement and knowing yourself enough to know when to “get out,” so serves as its own inspiring piece. “Up There” is softer in sound overall, a track about flourishing when given a different space to thrive in.

“Love Lust” features Evan Baker and a quirky, tempo-changing melody that implores that “life is what you make it.” There is a sound change when headed into “On The Radio”, which features DAVII and is more synth-ridden than those that went before it. But it also proves to be the perfect blend between its more lightweight, electronic chorus and verses that don’t drop bass and play with such glittering notes. “Tell The Kids” brings the instrumentals back down to a raw sound space, a dramatic track that begins with a child speaking out loud to his absent mother about not being around, then morphs into Eshleman doing the same. Tinged with regret and sadness over childhood, this one will make you contemplate your own past.

“Off The Deep End” brings the energy back up, and has quite possibly the most endearing intro of the 13 track release. It’s also one of the most mosh-worthy tracks of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things, which makes us look forward even more to seeing this band live. While “Absolute” seems like more of a throwback summertime song for the turn of autumn, “Here & Now” is a track we can see many people adapting as their perseverance anthem, at least in the near future.

If you’re looking for a slower track to admire, latch onto the acoustic rhythm provided by “Glory Follows”, the band’s beautiful and lightweight lyrical journey through the appreciation that they feel. (Seriously, the octaves they hit… are challenging and confusing for most.) And while the regular release of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things might end with that beautiful song, “Wither” and “Castaway” are two bonus tracks that help take the cake in the quick, hard hitting, inspirational space.

One thing is for certain. If you give this album a chance, you will walk away with a lighter heart, more optimism than what you came with. And, after all, isn’t that what we’re all after right now? Don’t you “wanna be something more than this” too?

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things is out now. Keep up with Sink In here.

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