The fifth album by Ohio natives The Plot In You is Swan Song and it has all the makings of the end of band. Vocalist Landon Tewers is on record saying that the lyrical concept of the album is about the end of relationships, life and goodbye’s
Make no mistake though, this album and this band is very much alive. The alive that you feel when alone in your room after losing a loved one. The alive that comes as your heartbeat races then slows through anxious loss. This album breathes life, it sweats it, it pounds it, it lives.
The music reflects this, from distorted disjointed guitars within synth loops underpinning an emotionally vocal masterpiece from Tewers. The album takes you headfirst through the cathartic recovery process as your heart and mind suffer then heal.
From the opening refrains of Letters To A Dead Friend, with children playing in the background, Tewers pours out his heart early. The waves of emotion matching the dynamic soaring of the music as Ethan Yoder’s distorted bass and Josh Childress guitars jolt the body into life with screams of ‘it should be me in the fucking ground, 1000 times’.
Even with heavy lyrical content as deeply personal as it is, there is musical integrity throughout with Michael Cooper’s head nodding drumming on ‘Fall Again’ matching distinctly melodic tones of the chorus.
This band are leaving everything on the table, they are bunkering down and sweating out their own virus. As the body swings from calm to suffering, so does the music in its attempts to recover from its pain.
Some of the tracks are beautifully gentle such as Too Far Gone, Both To Blame and Too Heavy as the heart beat throughout the album reminds you of it being torn out and stepped on all while serenaded by epic orchestration and relatable painful lyrics.
Others are points of anger struggling to cope with the various losses laid bare throughout such as ‘Enemy’ interlaced with it deliberate pounding rhythm and synth loops and Whole Without Me which is a startling piece of music underpinning Tewers ‘I’m my own worst enemy’ statement followed by the hypnotic chorus of ‘pierce my skin, drag my bones’.
As the album slows to a fade at the end of ‘Freed’, the album breathes in relief. It’s recovered from it’s pain and it’s ready to face the day. This album truly is alive in every sense of the word. The cathartic journey is expertly administered by the band throughout. For anyone who has struggled with loss, this album is the medication you need.
Album Review By Iain McCallum