2020, a time of change and self-reflection. This past year has truly shaken up the “social-norm,” and given a new meaning to everyday life. While 2020 has supplied all of us our own definition of change, Dog Trainer in their new album has taken their interpretation of these past events and allowed us to understand how their year panned out.
Nearly two years after the release of their 2019 album, Scrolling to feel better… part one, enters us all into a state of dilemma and offers a juxtaposition for hopes and fears.
Gliding through a sonic world full of acoustic guitars and electric synths, each moment of Scrolling to feel better… part one will have you locked into the music and in your feels through the words.
Starting off with a somber sound, Dog Trainer opens the album with the track “Dumb Paranoia. ” Revolving around ideas such as anxiety, and loneliness, “Dumb Paranoia” offers the first glimpse into the millennial mind. An exploratory piece on all of our inner fears, Dog Trainer gives lyrics like “Does my family think I’m lazy, that I’m wasting my whole twenties?” These words hold true to the fear of reality that is surrounding a generation, and makes a universal statement that has the ability to resonate with the lives of many Millenials.
As the album evolves, it continuously carries the somber reality that was shown in “Dumb Paranoia.” Having lyrics that truly emphasize the deep emotional pain that the pandemic has caused, while paired with a slow-paced beat. The combination of the two offers an idea that Dog Trainer has nothing to prove but the truth, and that truth is something we’re all here for.
With 10 tracks, Scrolling to feel better… part one provides a new sound in every moment and with every listen. Packed full of emotions, and relatable situations, Dog Trainer has created a narrative that allows you to visually interpret their music.
A gem in the work is the album’s 4th track “Serious.” An ode to the group’s long-term relationships, the song is simple and straightforward. Lyrically painting a picture of conflict of action, it offers an understandable story that many can relate to, and resign with.
As the album comes to a close, the group ends with the track “Things That Matter (reprise).” Illuminated by simple synths, the song truly binds Dog Trainer’s album together, helping to further push their message of truth and strength into the world.
Stream album below
Full album out on all platforms March 26th!
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