REVIEW: Title Fight – ‘Hyperview’

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Artist: Title Fight
Album: Hyperview
Label: ANTI-

Hyperview will cause a divide, as it should. You can attempt to deduce where the sonic change came from all you want, whether it be “Head In The Ceiling Fan,” “Lefty,” “In-between,” or anything Title Fight has done recently, but what really matters is what Hyperview isn’t, and what is isn’t is your typical Title Fight record. In sound, apotheosis, theme, intent, or emotion, Hyperview is a new breed for the quartet.

Hyperview bleeds lush creativity. It bleeds from a band that has been increasingly cultivating their sound for years, and decide that when their grandest audience is watching, to throw you into a deep drone well of pedals, soft tones, hushed vocals, and sonic imagination, all for you to climb yourself out of.

Complain all you want, Hyperview is Title Fight’s best record yet. It may not be your favorite, but it is their best. “It’s not Floral Green” you’ll say, to which I respond, “why the fuck should it be?” Floral Green has its own existence to bloom in, while Hyperview takes you to another reality, another perceived existential imagining of a singular worldview experienced through your lens.

From the opening sounds of “Murder Your Memory,” to the closing “New Vision,” the band will take you through a world of bends, atmospheres, swoons, and more. You don’t need screams to be aggressive, though this may be Title Fight’s most aggressive record yet. Yeah, you read that right. This is a heavy album, it weighs.

Loaded with layers of sound, Hyperview vibes more than anything the band has ever done. “Your Pain Is Mine Now” is so softly scarring that it will feed into a room immediately, fighting to find equilibrium in a space of wavelike melodies covered in sonic depth. It is heavy not in the sense of actual brutality like the band’s past hits, but it is heavy in how the sounds control a feeling upsurging through the listener as the album works its way through its own art.

To live is to grow, change, and learn. If we are to remain the same throughout an entire existence, what does it mean to be? With this I think Title Fight’s sound on Hyperview was not a stab in the back of fans who have helped rise them up, but it is a stab at existence, at change, at life. To break down the album to a specific genre, mainly that word listeners are loving to throw around these days – “shoegaze,” or even post-punk, or indie, or hardcore, or post-hardcore – is a disservice to the existential investigation Title Fight set out on with Hyperview. There is a reason I have left out conversation on the many wonderful tracks on the album…listen and find out why.

SCORE: 9.5/10
Review written by Drew Caruso — Follow him on Twitter.

Drew Caruso

Drew Caruso is a Bostonian who, when not writing about music and film, spends his time getting lost in New England, reading books, talking about science whether people want to listen or not, and more. To see the thoughts of a scientist by day and a writer by night, follow him on Twitter.
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  • Sean Wade

    Honestly, I don’t understand how this isn’t getting more buzz. Infinitely more interesting than the majority of the 80’s revival shit going around lately.