Nashville based Safari Room have decided in these complex times to drop their debut album. It’s always going to be a risk to release an album during these uncertain times but the ‘Look Me Up When You Get There’ is an album which details loss, anxiety, the ebb and flow of relationships, and finding oneself along the way. So in a funny way this inception into oneself may be the ideal time for a band to present their first body of work to the world.
‘Look Me Up When You Get There’ is a retrospective about heavier times and the idea that receiving advice and comfort amidst chaos is often difficult. Safari Room hopes it will be an aid for processing grief and loneliness.
‘One Day Here’ opens up the album in a gentle hazy day dream, the pleasant construction of the track allows itself to follow in an elegant manner which provides a backdrop for the vocals to massage your senses.
I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed listening to ‘Young Water’, it has fantastic rhythm and a catchy verse, the tempo has a hidden energy pouring out from its veins without being too forceful.
‘131’ takes a more serious and meaningful glance into your musical soul with a heavier drum beat than the opening tracks which gives it a more presence, like the next track ‘Plans’ both tracks our a opening up of the bands hearts with lyrics which detail a story of despair and a searching of hope within the bleak night.
I hate to say this as the album is a wonderful listen but the song ‘Right/Fair’ just seemed to miss the power and presence as the rest of the songs on the album, but any concerns around the track are quickly washed away with the next song ‘Over and again’ as Safari Room pull themselves back up and find their identity.
The two closing tracks on this album are so different in so many ways, but in equal measures they seem to compliment each other and provide the listener the opportunity to take a step back and realise the ability of Safari Room to adapt and mould their music in different directions, ‘Is this forever?’ takes the title of the stand out track on the album with some interesting guitar riffs thrown in to make the track have an edge and then ‘Truth’ is very much the fitting ending to such a journey full album to an enlightened state.
Some have already stated that Safari Room are building a new brand of indie rock that can be further described as "art rock /chamber pop", so does their debut album live up to this claim or is this statement an overreach? We feel that Safari Room does live up to this claim but has still lots of room to develop.
Written By Kess Anthony