Third Thought defines the birth of the chill with “Speakin Vibes!”. A lot of passion pours out of the sound, for they make sure that the whole of the sound has a fully-fleshed out feeling to it. Guitar work has a stellar, almost dream-pop quality at times, for the way they sculpt the riffs feels gorgeous. Beyond the clear-cut dream pop, they incorporate elements of late 80s/early 90s alternative rock, indie, even a bit of post-punk within some of the sound. Best of all, there’s a tremendous soulfulness to the way they interact, playing with such verve.
References abound throughout the whole of the album. On the college rock side of things, they take a page from Archers of Loaf’s careful yet consistently catchy hooks. Galaxie 500 also rears their influence especially on some of the more space rock side of things, for they truly do let everything soar up into the sky at times. The sophistication and willingness to push things a bit outside of their comfort zone nods towards Swell Maps’ simultaneous ability to craft earworms as well as expansive, experimental pieces.
The nimble drumming of “Longer Love Song” alongside the solid bassline gives it a reggae rock quality to it, with the guitars neatly weaving their way into the mix. A dramatic flourish defines the spacious scope of “Love Me Hate Me” as the song builds up and up. Here they let things expand even as they adhere to that fantastic driving rhythm. Intense energy pours out of “Banana Havoc” which has a folk punk ethos akin to the Violent Femmes. Volume is a must and a given on the rush of the brilliant blurs of “Apathy Concerns”. Slowing things down a bit is the reflective stance of “Denial Blues”.
Everything slows down considerably on the massive riffs of “Ignored Innovations” with the sound sprawling out a bit, giving it a rustic Americana vibe. Glorious and giddy “Not Gonna Lose (The Good Fight)” features a great defiance to it. With an angular math rock cadence comes the mellowed-out atmospherics of “No Need”. A quiet loveliness radiates throughout “Obident Modesty”, easily the highlight of the album. There is a dreamy cadence to it and the evolution of the sound gives it a summery quality. Closing out the album with just the right amount of gusto is the swagger of “Maybe Next Time”.
“Speakin Vibes!” is a gorgeous trip, one where Third Thought engages in a sweet sense of joy, one that has a sun-drenched spirit to it.