Bright Wide Colder is the second album from Last Leaf Down and whilst it’s a nice collection of smooth and succinct shoegaze melodies, it just feels like there’s something missing.
The music as a whole is enjoyable and very easy on the ears, but there’s nothing massively engaging about the music. It doesn’t quite grab your interest and maintain it as there’s not enough variety between some of the songs, and tracks blur into one long entity as the album progresses, which is a shame because Bright Wide Colder could be so much more than this as the band moves well together and there’s a lot of passion in the vocals.
Sadly, however, it’s just not to be. Bright Wide Colder plays alright as background music but doesn’t really serve as a more engaging listen that will get into your head because the music just isn’t all that memorable, with no big hooks or melodies that will get caught in your head. The album is nice, with the potential to be great, but Last Leaf Down hasn’t quite managed it this time around.