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Artist: Sincere Engineer (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, BandCamp, Spotify)
Sincere Engineer's full-length debut Rhombithian is simply outstanding. The brainchild of Chicago, IL's Deanna Belos, Sincere Engineer is a band that mixes all of the best elements of catchy, poppy punk, '90s indie rock, and folk punk resulting in a record that feels timeless and modern with its brilliant use of hooks and melody while at the same time keeping the listener on his/her toes with is quirky and off-kilter nature. And that's just the music. What truly drives Rhombithian home are the lyrics and Belos' honest intensity. These songs touch on themes of relationships, self-doubt, growing up, facing reality, and those harsh and often disturbing realizations that things you once cherished are no longer as important to you as they once were. There is a power in the desperation in these songs. Hearing that someone else is feeling alone and disconnected is incredibly empowering and that, beyond the greatness of the music, is what makes this record cut so deep into the heart. Each and every time I listen to Rhombithian I find something new to love. This is the kind of record that gives me great solace and hope for a better tomorrow because I know that I'm not alone.