Sound Expansion: A Review of Mourn’s Ha, Ha, He

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In 2014 Mourn released their first, self-titled album. In June of this year they released their sophomore album, Ha, Ha, He. Today I’m going to review Ha, Ha, He.

I really loved Mourn’s first album because it was raw and honest. The band showed who they were and who that was, was a couple of teenagers. The albums subjects include teenage alienation and ex-boyfriends. The singing of Carla Pérez Vas especially highlighted their youthfulness, she screamed into the microphone like only a teenage girl could. But, despite the somewhat immature tone of the album, the songs were compelling and the music was quite advanced, creating an indie/punk sound that was unique. Their follow up album, Ha, Ha, He, released this past June expands on that sound.

After thoroughly listening to Mourn’s first album I was eager to see how they would grow into artists as adults. And on this new album Mourn expands on the music and style they created with their first album and they also engage in some experimentation.

Ha, Ha, He, opens with manic instrumental track, Flee, that set’s the tone for the entire album, the song is only one minute and thirty eight seconds long, but in the entire album, the longest song is three minutes and twenty seven seconds, but it is also the longest song by almost an entire minute and it’s the last track on the album. The album is composed of 12 songs and clocks in at twenty-six minutes and five seconds.

The foundation of their musical style isn’t completely gone, on the song Irrational Friend we get some of Carla’s patented teenage girl screeching. And Antonio Postius’ crashing drums are still in full swing on this album but it’s in songs like Storyteller and Gertrude, Get through This that Mourn shows their Range.

In Storyteller Mourn delivers a dark, grooving song about a mans suicide that devolves into a haunting chant of the phrase, ‘Paint it all black’ and in Gertrudis, Get Through This, Carla sings about separating sex and trust and friendship.

In Second Stage, Mourn delivers a slower, creepier song that delves into a dark, heroic fantasy.

In Fry Me, I think we get the best example of Mourn’s growing talents as songwriters. In this song there seems to be more of a balance and that seems to come from Carla’s use of singing as opposed to her normal screaming, also the band forms a cohesive whole of intensive post punk, indie goodness.

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Overall, Mourn’s new album is definitely a more matured expansion on their previous work. The band explores some darker themes and explores their sound a bit more. I was excited to review this album and I am very satisfied with the progress their music has made. Hopefully their youthful passion will carry on into their career as a band.

Thank you for reading, I know I haven’t posted any reviews for about two weeks and I may have lost the tiny, little following I had but please let your friends knew, I’m back. Have a lovely day!

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