Sci-Fi Romance is one of those bands that you could categorize as steamfolk; with their blend of acoustic guitar, piano, and cello, this band is brooding, moody, and dark. To say that it’s a gimmick is completely incorrect, but with themes that pertain to literature and unique acoustic arrangements, this is one of the most unique bands out there today.

This band is the love child of Vance Kotrla, and Surrender has it’s origins in the bedrooms and living rooms of Los Angeles and Houston. Despite that, this album has a very polished and nice production to it. It’s very clean, and for an independent band, that’s pretty rare. The artwork to this album is initially what drew me to the band and album. You can stare at it for hours and come away with something new each time.

A lot of this album reminds of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska mixed with Nick Cave style vocals. At times it feels like a one-trick pony, but it’s not hard to get lost in either. The lyrics are strangely poetic, and literary based, conjuring up strong visuals in the style of the artwork, if the listener allows.

The best way to describe this album is music for the end of the world. Upon multiple listens, it feels like being ushered on a journey that leads to the listeners downfall; it’s unique, mystifying, and damn near one of the most satisfying albums you’ll listen to. Highly recommended.

Album Rating: Buy It on CD or Vinyl

Listening Co-efficient: Active Listen

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