The project of Bay Area artist Izzy The Gent, Everything But The Everything delivers a moody post-punk sound with hooky appeal. Self-described as “our version of new wave,” “In Love… Again” is enjoyably representative of the band’s aesthetic and melodic strengths. Post-punk atmospherics with brooding vocals consumes initially, the one-minute mark seeing an eerie and interesting chorus with string-laden flourishes. The track touts a murky elegance throughout, the concluding “fallen in love again,” vocal fading amidst the textural guitars.
An earlier released track, “Can’t Allow” presents a fuzzier, rock-forward appeal, while still touting the eerily delectable vocals showcased on “In Love… Again.” A thumping bass line and atmospheric, climactic guitars accompany a fervent vocal presence to start, eschewing the other track’s nonchalance in favor of a more emotive pull. The “can’t allow, what you see,” chorus resounds with a catchy fervor, the brass-edged enthusiasm fondly reminiscent of Psychedelic Furs, while the vocals exude a tortured quality akin to The Cure. “In Love… Again” and “Can’t Allow” are both captivating tracks in a rock-friendly post-punk vein, showcasing the stellar songwriting from this project.
“Can’t Allow” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2021’ Spotify playlist.
“In Love… Again” is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Post-Punk.