BASE­MENT

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Prom­ise Ev­ery­thing

Since their re­turn from hia­tus in 2014, Base­ment have made steady song­writ­ing progress. Colourmeinkind­ness found the band soft­en­ing their sound with grungier in­flu­ences af­ter the hard-edged I Wish I Could Stay Here, and on Prom­ise Ev­ery­thing, the Ip­swich, UK quin­tet demon­strate a knack for melody through­out. An­drew Fisher’s vo­cals play a sig­nif­i­cant role in this shift, as he aban­dons his scratchy yell al­most en­tirely — save for the ti­tle track, the al­bum’s only out­right ag­gres­sive song — and em­braces a cleaner style that finds his voice soar­ing. The hooks are even stick­ier and more sure-footed here, with songs like “Aqua­sun” bor­row­ing heav­ily in tone and tex­ture from ’90s ra­dio rock acts like Jimmy Eat World. Base­ment have taken great care to cap­i­tal­ize on their most ef­fec­tive aspects to make a dy­namic and co­he­sive whole. (Run For Cover, run­for­cov­er­records.lim­it­e­drun.com) BRANAN RANJANATHAN

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