On Their New Album, Ages and Ages Uses Upbeat Pop to Deliver Lyrics About Hopelessness
Me You They We’s disaffected worldview is a long way from the bright-eyed perseverance of “Divisionary (Do the Right Thing),” the Portland band’s 2014 breakout single. Still, the album begins optimistically enough with “Way Back In,” a playful nugget of soul pop that finds Perry delving into his psyche with the hope of emerging resolute. Despite its lyrics about emotional clutter, “Way Back In” sounds clear and determined. Taut percussion drives tidy layers of pianos, strings and multitracked vocal harmonies, resulting in a classic indie-baroque sound in the vein of Dr. Dog and Spoon.