Couldn’t Save This EP features a relatively dark collection of pop punk tracks by the band Terra. With four tracks in total, the EP explores transgressive themes of loneliness and drug abuse.
Chris Kessler’s vocals are muffled and almost hidden behind the instrumentals of each track, but when his voice is heard, he sings a plaintive melody with lyrics denoting isolation and confusion.
My favourite track on the EP is “Incurable Condition”, with its catchy driving beat and its strong lyrics. The dark emotions evoked by the song is reminiscent of my early teens – a period of turbulence and instability. The track’s dark, yet poetic, chorus says it all: “Unbearably hopeless / needing / needless / beating / struggling / screaming / struck with an affliction, and incurable condition.”
The chord progressions of the guitar help add flavour to the song, with its constant shifts in tune. Along with the omnipresent beating of the drums in the background, the guitar also helps to continue the strong beat of the track right through the very end.
For more on Terra, visit their Bandcamp.