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English Teacher – This Could Be Texas

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By – Jason Hamric

As for diving into the latest sonic adventure from English Teacher, “This Could Be Texas,” it’s like embarking on a road trip with a car load of your closest friends. From the sunny vibes of “Albatross” to the infectious groove of “The World’s Biggest Paving Slab,” this album is a rollercoaster ride through the minds of Lily Fontaine, Lewis Whiting, Douglas Frost, and Nicholas Eden.

English Teacher’s sound refuses to be pigeonholed, much like your group of friends who can’t decide on a single genre for your road trip playlist. While they might brush off the “post-punk” label, their music is a melting pot of influences, blending sharp guitars with Fontaine’s laid-back vocals to create a vibe that’s equal parts chill and energetic.

But amidst the bangers and head-nodders, there are moments of introspection. Tracks like “Broken Biscuits” and “Nearly Daffodils” offer a breather from the chaos, inviting you to reflect on life’s twists and turns while still tapping your foot to the beat.

As you reach the final track, “Albert Road,” you’re hit with Fontaine’s cryptic lyrics: “I don’t hear the blues anymore, I’ve got a war of roses for a head, I am the stem and I am the thorn.” It’s like staring out the window during a quiet moment of the journey, pondering the mysteries of the universe while the road stretches out ahead of you.

“This Could Be Texas” isn’t just an album – it’s a soundtrack for the adventures and uncertainties of being, a reminder that sometimes it’s okay not to have all the answers as long as the music keeps playing.

Written by: jamric

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