2. Don't Look Now, I'ím Being Followed, Act Normal
3. This Ain't No Place For Animals
4. Spinless Crow
5. Starving To Death In The Belly Of The Whale
6. A Clown and His Pipe
7. The Definition of Not Leaving
8. Lion Skin (Featuring Jonny Craig and Tyler Carter)
9. One Hundred
10. Watchmaker (Featuring Matty Mullins)
I love when songs have that part when a chorus of random people join the lead singer in a cheery rendition of the melody. Hands Like Houses debut album, Ground Dweller has no fewer than three of these moments, though none of them are cheery, and only two of them are worth-while. Nevertheless, I was sold. If you can cramp three eerie chorus moments into an album eleven tracks long, more power to you. In fact, it seems as if Hands Like Houses was doing a lot of cramping of things into their album. I think it might just be the overzealous nature of a band creating their debut album, like a kid on Christmas day who opens all of his gifts and tries to play with all of his toys at once. But, it works on this album. They will not be able to do the same thing for their second album, they will have to decide what exactly they want their sound to be, but for now, they can enjoy the complex and cramped and yet ethereal sound of their first album.
The combination of heavy synth and high vocals gives this album both the ethereal sound that makes it worth a listen, as well as the backbone on which the rest of the music is based. Without the synth or vocalist,(though, I actually think we can safely say it really comes down to just the vocalist) this album lacks anything special. Even as is, I put it on, left it playing, and did not realize that the track had changed or that I had been listening to music until the next album started playing. In fact, I have had to listen to this album more times than any other to form an opinion to write a review. Which, is not necessarily a bad thing.
Ok, so bare bones assessment of this album. Rocking vocalist! Very solid drums and guitar. Good, but overused synth. Overall, good background music, or maybe good music to just chill out to. Certainly worth a listen, if only for one of those awesome eerie chorus parts. Also, bonus points for creative track titles.