“Spiral Bound” is an intricately woven and layered album that reflects Ernest Aines’ journey through life’s ups and downs. Each track on the album offers a unique experience, touching on themes like the anxiety of modern communication. The album opens with “Pixels,” a song that immediately captures the zeitgeist of modern communication and the anxieties it can bring. Aines’ lyrics poignantly touch upon the feeling of waiting for a response, the anticipation of a message, and the power it holds over our emotions. The line “minutes seem like days” encapsulates the way digital interactions can warp our sense of time and longing.
Rain City” offers a nostalgic and bittersweet perspective, harkening back to the days of youth and the emotional turbulence of high school. Aines reminisces about discovering music that resonated deeply, and his connection to the song “Too much for my heart when it rains” from the OC soundtrack.
Locked in a Cage” delves into the complexities of relationships, where sometimes we find ourselves feeling trapped and unable to break free. The imagery of buying a knife and being stabbed in the neck conveys the pain and betrayal that can accompany love. Aines’ lyrics are both raw and introspective, and the repetition of “I won’t” highlights the inner turmoil and determination to move on.
From the heartwarming “Lady in Waiting” to the introspective “Stranger to Me,” every song in this album offers a glimpse into Aines’ musical and emotional depth. His versatility as a musician shines through, incorporating diverse elements into his songs, such as the use of instruments like the piano accordion and harpsichord.
Review By: Diana Reed