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Sometimes, the best place to begin is at the end. If you really want to dig deep into Illusory Walls, the fourth album by The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, it definitely helps to do that. That’s because epic closer Fewer Afraid—all 19 minutes, 44 seconds of it—doesn’t just revisit the themes and ideas on the ten songs that precede it, but also offers a self-aware summary of the Connecticut band’s entire history. It’s the conclusion of all the stories within the record as well as a nod to all the lives that helped make them—little glimpses of everything that’s come before on both a micro, immediate level, and a more universal one.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band—completed by Steven K. Buttery (drums and percussion), Joshua Cyr (bass/vocals), and Katie Dvorak (vocals/synth)—had nothing but time to realize the full extent of their musical and thematic aspirations. And so, four years on from lauded third album Always Foreign, they were able to make what is undoubtedly the band’s most ambitious and epic record to date. Written and recorded remotely—a first for the band—Illusory Walls takes on the weight of human existence while it’s buckling under the pressure of today’s near-dystopian society. Personal anxieties and political struggles collide with a series of portentous, apocalyptic, and dramatic tunes, resulting in some of the darkest music the band has made since forming in 2009.

Tracklisting

  1. Afraid to Die
  2. Queen Sophie for President 
  3. Invading the World of the Guilty as a Spirit of Vengeance 
  4. Blank // Drone 
  5. We Saw Birds through the Hole in the Ceiling
  6. Died in the Prison of the Holy Office
  7. Your Brain is a Rubbermaid 
  8. Blank // Worker
  9. Trouble
  10. Infinite Josh
  11. Fewer Afraid