LOUDER REVIEWS: 'Do You Feel O.K?' - Picturesque
Within the music industry, the concept of genre is becoming more and more blurred. It is now increasingly more difficult to put a song in to one single category, and the alternative scene is expanding. Kentucky natives 'Picturesque' have embraced this concept in the creation of their sophomore album ‘Do You Feel O.K?’ which is scheduled for release on 24th April.
Starting off the album is ‘Necessary’ followed by ‘ATTN’. These modern rock tunes act as a homage to Picturesque’s post-hardcore roots, while also dipping their toes in to a more mainstream sound. As a band they strive to embrace musical tropes that aren’t typically associated with heavy music, and these tracks are definitely reflective of that! With such a passionate start, Picturesque have set the bar high for the rest of the album.
‘Swipe’ adds a new layer to the album with its pure hip hop intro that evolves in to a more hardcore rock chorus. This is a sound you wouldn’t typically associate with a band like Picturesque, but it certainly works!
Title track, ‘O.K?,’ is a raw, emotional song in which vocalist Kyle Hollis extends a hand to his bandmates as he reflects on the excess they surrounded themselves with on tour. The lyrics portray a sense of self-loathing and the intense detrimental effect it had on their well-being. Powerful songs such as these deserve to be put on a pedestal.
‘Holding Me Down’ and ‘Pray’ bring softer elements to the album. The passionate vocals intensify the choruses and add an almost cathartic feel to the tracks, once again broadening the definition of alternative music.
Ending the album on a sombre note is ‘Day By Day’, this incredibly poignant track is sure to strike a chord with the listener. While the lyrics throughout the album reflect emotional despair and hardship, they provide the listener with a sense of hope and shared experience as they are reminded that they’re not alone.
'Do You Feel O.K?' is out on the 24th of April via Rude Records/Equal Vision Records.
Check out the video for the record's opening track, 'Necessary', below: