I've been literally opening KL every half hour when I'm home for the last 2 weeks waiting for this hahaha. Saw it this morning and couldn't listen to it before work, drove the LONG way home so I can listen to this LOUD in its entirety and it was great
Between From Nothing and Samsara it was hard to tell where the record was going to go as a whole, definitely a heavier vibe was set though.
The Colour Clear just hits so hard emotionally, and that's where they were at that time, and took a risk to make such a vulnerable record and trying all those new elements and IMO was a great success. Would a TCC 2.0 or Exist 2.0 be rad? Nah, it would be forced.
Willow is just fucking relentless, but it's a dark moody album that just happens to work so well. There's no sugarcoating, and its their least "melodic" release yet cause they just went off the deep end of exploring the dark, self loathing and hate filled part of us that's hard to focus on for too long sometimes. The production and vibe of the record is so damn consistent and on point, the dark colours of the album art is all I can see in my head while listening - while the colour clear (even at its heavy moments) still has that light airy "clear" sound.
I wish I could see them in their hometown in April, but fingers crossed their able to make it back to Canada ASAP.
Easily an AOTY contender.