Toy Cars pack a lot of themselves into Paint Brain in just over half an hour. The albums starts with the title track and it sets the tone for the rest of the album. Each song tells a personal story and you can’t help but get invested in what the band is telling you. It’s as if you were just sitting around and getting to know them through various stories. When songs get that personal, it makes them enjoyable to listen to.
The band also has a consistent sound throughout the album. Even when a song slows down a bit, it gives off the same vibe that the faster songs do. The guitars certainly stand out in Paint Brain. In a song like “Swim,” the guitar is much quieter when the song starts, but about a minute in, it starts to hit a little harder. Plus, the full band fills out the song more. There’s a nice balance of knowing when to keep things simple with just the guitar and vocals and when to bring in the rest of the band. Instead of just having the song be one or the other, they make both work without making it feel like a totally different song.
The dynamics of the record make it a constant joy to listen to. You can tell that the band invested time into each of the songs. “Jimmy & Quinn” is an instrumental track that works as a nice bridge from “Erie” to “Tread.” It’s a relaxing little moment before going into the final two tracks.
I’ve been recommending Toy Cars to people quite a bit lately and it’s for a reason. This album is wonderful to listen to. With my podcast listening habits, I don’t come back to albums quite as often as I’d like, but I’ve already done so with this one. Give it a listen and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.