The debut EP by Singaporean quintet Parenthesis imbues a sense of longing and honesty within its 15 minute runtime.
And with a strong debut, the band has already presented a strong sense of identity: the intense focus and raw instrumentation of post-hardcore, along with the heart-wrenching dynamism of screamo, is all presented in spades here.
While fully informed by contemporaries — the band doesn't stray too far from the occasional triumphant tremolo section or disarming atmospheric ambience — they have pushed out a solid effort that demands multiple listens.
Recorded in Singapore but, surprisingly, mixed and mastered by US engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Comadre, Tapestry), Quiet Desperation sounds perfect for what it is: a seething emotional mess.
Listen to the full EP here, which is available for pay-what-you-want download on their Bandcamp page: