9 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even the Blink 182 reunion couldn’t put Tom DeLonge’s side project to rest. Angels & Airwaves’ Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal opens with “The Score Evolved: Reel 1 (Diary),” a gradually building instrumental of layered synthesizers and guitar drones. (It's seven minutes and 41 seconds, but the vocals don’t enter the equation until nearly six minutes in.) The song’s following counterpart, “The Score Evolved: Reel 5 (New Blood),” pulses with timeless-sounding Krautrock textures: antiquated keyboard notes intertwine with cold piano parts over a mantra of restrained beats. This really is a huge and brave departure from the band’s orchestral emo-pop beginnings. “Reel 6” of the triptych “The Score Evolved” plays like a soundtrack to a remake of heady sci-fi films like The Idaho Transfer, save for some jagged guitar distortion. The EP’s second half starts with "Love Two Re-Imagined: Surrender Remix," a perfect chaser for anyone who missed DeLonge’s vocals in the first three songs. Here his boyish singing floats over murky drum tones and skittering rhythms. The “One Last Thing” remix kicks out a four-on-the-floor rhythm track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even the Blink 182 reunion couldn’t put Tom DeLonge’s side project to rest. Angels & Airwaves’ Stomping the Phantom Brake Pedal opens with “The Score Evolved: Reel 1 (Diary),” a gradually building instrumental of layered synthesizers and guitar drones. (It's seven minutes and 41 seconds, but the vocals don’t enter the equation until nearly six minutes in.) The song’s following counterpart, “The Score Evolved: Reel 5 (New Blood),” pulses with timeless-sounding Krautrock textures: antiquated keyboard notes intertwine with cold piano parts over a mantra of restrained beats. This really is a huge and brave departure from the band’s orchestral emo-pop beginnings. “Reel 6” of the triptych “The Score Evolved” plays like a soundtrack to a remake of heady sci-fi films like The Idaho Transfer, save for some jagged guitar distortion. The EP’s second half starts with "Love Two Re-Imagined: Surrender Remix," a perfect chaser for anyone who missed DeLonge’s vocals in the first three songs. Here his boyish singing floats over murky drum tones and skittering rhythms. The “One Last Thing” remix kicks out a four-on-the-floor rhythm track.

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