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  • Writer's pictureSammie Starr

Album Review: Caskets - Reflections

Coming off the success of their debut album, Lost Souls, England’s Caskets releases their new powerful and ambient full release, Reflections.



For bands like Caskets, the road to get to where they are now has been eventful and full of success. Riding the waves of the success of their debut album, Lost Souls, their first full release would transform their lives forever. A far cry from making an album from the personal spaces of their bedrooms, Lost Souls would bring about their victory into the scene and would make their touring dreams a reality. Since Lost Souls, Caskets has evolved into something more than their first release with their new release, Reflections. An intimate look at their journey and the decisions that led them down to this point in their lives, Reflections is more than just a story of growth. It's a positive symbol of a way forward for the band.

"Six Feet Down" and "Silhouettes" demonstrate Caskets' ability to explore with diverse tones and widen their soundscapes. Through intriguing ambient moments, these well-tuned and melancholic tracks give a distinct musical vitality that shows Caskets' zest for exploration and has culminated in something genuinely significant on this record.

Reflections kick things off with the first tracks, "Believe" and "More than Misery." While Lost Souls very much clings to personal experience, these first experiences show from the beginning that Reflections is a different type of record and that the issues they are speaking about stem from a collective of many experiences that a lot of bands have to go through within the first few years of their careers. While times like these have been challenging and trying, it shows within the next few shining moments on the record that their trials and tribulations have made them a stronger unit as a whole.

Other moments like "Too Late" and "By The Sound" continue to outstretch the level of confidence Caskets is willing to put forth on Reflections both instrumentally and lyrically. Flexing their creative muscles on these two tracks gives the listeners something more to grasp while demonstrating a band unafraid to wear their experience and emotions on their sleeves.

"Six Feet Down" and "Silhouettes" demonstrate Caskets' ability to explore with diverse tones and widen their soundscapes. Through intriguing ambient moments, these well-tuned and melancholic tracks give a distinct musical vitality that shows Caskets' zest for exploration and has culminated in something genuinely significant on this record.

Towards the end of the album, the third to last song, "Guiding Light" tells a gut-punching story of finding strength after being broken down in a failing relationship before ending on the last emotionally resonating tracks, "Hate Me" and "Better Way Out." A parting cathartic experience that depicts the experience of saving a loved one from suicide, this last track combines all the greatest strengths of Caskets up to the point while also leaving listeners with a final overall message that adversity can be overcome in many forms.

Reflections is a record that takes many forms. One of the multilayered musical concepts, lessons, and of experiences that have built them into the band they are today. While this is only their second album, Caskets is proving their enthusiasm for experimentation with meaningful experiences has resulted in something truly impactful.



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