An album filled with song titles of Pokémon references. Check.
An album that has four very different songs that mold into one very well-put-together record. Check.
An album that features songs that are lyrically interesting, instrumentally complex, and all around just really, really, good. Check.
What more could you ask for?
Luckily for us, Ryland Heagy and Pat Doherty of the D.C.-based duo Origami Angel checked all of those boxes when they created their latest album, a four-track effort titled Gen 3, which comes out on May 31 via Chatterbot Records. The album is an interesting combination of various genres, including a healthy mix of emo and maybe even a little hint of pop-punk, but don’t let that fool you; the album itself feels complete, and no song feels out of place next to the other one.
Starting off strong, the band kicks the album off with “Ruby,” a light-hearted and summer-ready song that instantly pulls listeners in with its high energy and complex instrumentals. It sets the tone for the rest of the album, and they certainly don’t disappoint with what follows.
Keeping the momentum going, the group then quickly jumps into “Sapphire” and “Emerald,” which are two fast-paced tracks that give the band a chance to showcase their talents in both songwriting and its intricate backings. When you think the album couldn’t get any more interesting, the band ends the record on a just-as-enticing note as to when they started with their experimental doozy of a song titled, “XD Gale Of Darkness.”
From start to end, Origami Angel’s new album pulls you in and leaves you with a lasting impression. If you can take anything away from this review, it’s that Gen 3 is an album that proves Origami Angel are really “doing the most.”