13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its third studio album, the Denver duo Breathe Carolina strips down its electro-rock, eschewing the peripheral bells and whistles of past works to focus on even stronger songwriting. “Wooly” kicks open the door with a confident collision of techno-laced pop and heavily distorted screamo. Hell Is What You Make It is cleverly built on a balance of contrasts. Throughout, David Schmitt’s flirty boy-next-door vocals battle Kyle Even’s feral howls and screams. The catchy “Edge of Heaven” is glossed over with confectionary pop stickiness; Schmitt sings like a matured Justin Bieber while Even lets loose his larynx demons to sound like the song’s protagonist is battling a split personality. While Schmitt sings that he’s “hanging from the edge of heaven,” it sounds like his shadow is trying to pull him to the depths of hell. “Chemicals” rubs clean dance floor beats and Auto-Tuned vocals against gargantuan distorted bass and dusty drum and bass patterns. The standout jam “Blackout” deviates from the formula to deliver a colossal dance floor anthem of Lady GaGa proportions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its third studio album, the Denver duo Breathe Carolina strips down its electro-rock, eschewing the peripheral bells and whistles of past works to focus on even stronger songwriting. “Wooly” kicks open the door with a confident collision of techno-laced pop and heavily distorted screamo. Hell Is What You Make It is cleverly built on a balance of contrasts. Throughout, David Schmitt’s flirty boy-next-door vocals battle Kyle Even’s feral howls and screams. The catchy “Edge of Heaven” is glossed over with confectionary pop stickiness; Schmitt sings like a matured Justin Bieber while Even lets loose his larynx demons to sound like the song’s protagonist is battling a split personality. While Schmitt sings that he’s “hanging from the edge of heaven,” it sounds like his shadow is trying to pull him to the depths of hell. “Chemicals” rubs clean dance floor beats and Auto-Tuned vocals against gargantuan distorted bass and dusty drum and bass patterns. The standout jam “Blackout” deviates from the formula to deliver a colossal dance floor anthem of Lady GaGa proportions.

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About Breathe Carolina

The multi-faceted, Colorado-based EDM/post-hardcore/electro-pop unit Breathe Carolina was founded in 2006 by Kyle Even and David Schmitt. The Denver group's blend of synth-based beats and melodic screaming first appeared on the public radar in 2007 with the self-released Gossip EP. It was followed in 2008 by the band's first full-length for Rise Records, It's Classy, Not Classic, which featured all of the tracks that appeared on Gossip with six additional new songs. Hello Fascination was released in 2009 and peaked at number 43 on the Billboard 200, and in 2011 the group released their third full-length, Hell Is What You Make It. Though founding member Kyle Even left the group in 2013 to focus on being a parent, Breathe Carolina would continue on without him, eventually releasing a fourth album, Savages, in 2014, which featured the singles "Collide," "Bang It Out," "Sellouts," and "Savages". The following year saw the release of a new single, "More Than Ever," a collaboration with Ryos and featuring vocalist KARRA. It was issued via Dutch indie Spinnin' Records. Two more Spinnin'-issued singles, "Anywhere But Home" and "Hero (Satellite)", followed in 2016. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Denver, CO
  • GENRE
    Dance
  • FORMED
    2006

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