Review by Amaya Del Rio
The main reason I chose to listen to and to review Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt was because one of Aviator's "similar artists" was La Dispute, one of my favorite bands. However, to be honest, they sounded a lot more like Being As An Ocean. Although it wasn’t what I was expecting, it was still a really cool album to listen to and I haven’t listened to anything very similar to Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt before.
Aviator definitely brings something new to the mix. They incorporate spoken word into post-hardcore, much like Being As An Ocean, but they also throw their own touch of it in their songs. My only complaint would be how strained their vocalist's voice sounds in some parts. It's almost painful to listen to because I can feel my vocal chords being torn apart. There is emotional strain like you would hear in some of La Dispute's vocals where it sounds like he's on the verge of tears, however, this doesn't sound the same and is almost too forced.
All in all, I think this album is still very strong and I enjoyed the lyrics a lot. They're very thoughtful and deep, such as, "Put me on an airplane, start over wherever it lands," in the track "Weathervane." This album is really cool and you should definitely give them a listen if you're a fan of artists such as Being As An Ocean.
Listen to: "Forms (les feuilles mortes)"