Two Door Cinema Club was the epitome of indie pop in 2010, dominating airwaves with their debut album, “Tourist History.” Almost a decade later, the band has grown into a nostalgic, stylized sound. Their newest album “False Alarm” is an eclectic project, far from the roots that tracks like “What You Know” and “Undercover Martyn” planted.
With each album, Two Door Cinema Club has expanded upon their sound. From “Tourist History” to “False Alarm,” they layer in synth, keyboard and electronica. Clearly inspired by the 80s, the new album falls somewhere in the realm between of Montreal, New Order and Paramore’s “After Laughter.”
“False Alarm” continues the danceable motif that Two Door Cinema Club has always kept, achieving internally diverse tracks via musical and vocal technique. From falsetto to bass notes, lead singer Alex Trimble displays his range while complimenting the music itself.
In the past, Trimble has stuck with his natural baritone, but this time around, he experiments with his vocal capabilities shifting seamlessly from alto to bass. Working alongside funky bass guitar and synth licks, Timble’s voice sails above the countermelodies.
A combination of natural vocal talent and filters, Trimble’s voice serves as an instrument itself. It’s layered, dancing with its musical counterparts to create a full sound.
As technically solid as this album is, to me, it’s nothing special. “False Alarm” is reminiscent of music before its time. Specific artists come through its sound, creating a transparent film of inspiration.
On tracks like “Think,” Two Door Cinema Club reflects the groovy sound of bands like Electric Guest or Portugal. The Man. The verses of “Talk” sound like a feature from of Montreal. “Satisfaction Guaranteed” resembles past tracks of The Killers. The eclectic vocals of “Dirty Air” aren’t far from something New Order would have released years ago.
Two Door Cinema Club has stood out for years because they made things that were authentically them, maintaining unique aesthetics which change with each album. “False Alarm” continues this trend with its abstract, primary colored theme.
Despite this change-up, the album’s branding is still reminiscent of Paramore’s “After Laughter.” As a sum of its parts, “False Alarm” is an amalgamation of music from days past. It’s no secret that the 80s are coming back, but there’s a difference between making an inspired piece of art and jumping on the bandwagon.
Two Door Cinema Club aren’t strangers to synth by any means, but this album is more derivative than anything. I don’t hate it, it just doesn’t feel special to me.
From my observations, everything that used to be the pinnacle of media, the best of the best, is falling from grace. People are running out of ideas or getting lazy. If you’ve watched any new “Black Mirror” or the last season of “Game of Thrones,” you likely understand what I’m getting at here.
Two Door Cinema Club created something that displays their technical talent, but misses the mark on originality.