A psychosis to drift into slumber
Releasing his third studio album, songwriter Felix Walworth, better known as Told Slant, returns with the dreary and heartbreaking melodies of Point The Flashlight and Walk. Characterized as indie folk, lo-fi and sadcore, Told Slant delivers emo-like acoustic songs that are comprised of depressive tunes lead by softly plucked guitar strums and slow-paced percussions.
If the name Walworth sounds familiar, it may be because of the various projects he has appeared in, including Gabby’s World, Florist and even Bellows; he began his career as Told Slant as far back as his day’s in high school and continues producing in Brooklyn. Since his debut, Walworth has successfully and continually cast the dreary spell of lament-full indie-folk with his discography of Still Water, Going By and today Point The Flashlight and Walk.
With a soft twinkling nursery rhyme melody, “Meet You In The City” opens the LP with a sensation that alludes to the nocturnal or that of a starry sky above which compliments the upbeat acoustic tune of the next song, “Bullfrog Choirs.” This song offers something cheerful and pleasant as opposed to most of Walworth’s other works.
Following the same cheerful pace and progression, “Flashlight On” will have people humming along to the catchy lyrics of “point the flashlight and walk” in correspondence to the LPs name and gears people toward the soft, heartbreaking, but buoyant and catchy melody of “Run Around the School” that launches with Walworth’s soothing menthol vocals transitioning into its melancholy upbeat nature.
Summoning a trancing melody to make people’s feet dance and tap to the steady plucking strums, “Family Still” grooves one’s ear into the sorrowful and toiling harmony led by Walworth’s empathetic vocals and saddening guitars that bursts into life. This gradually transitions into “No Backpack,” with upbeat drums to bridge the two together. Appropriate to strike a lighter and sway with heartfelt compassion is “Moon and Sea.” It follows the LP’s overall theme, but with life in upbeat tones and energy before retracing back to something lament-full and sympathetic with “Fog on the Glass,” which utilizes Walworth’s more whining tearful vocals.
Bust open a tea bag of chamomile by the windowsill for “Anchor” that plays a soft, compassionate lullaby-like melody before moving along onto with the complimentary rhythm of “From the Roofbeams,” that delivers heavy bolts of percussions to the soul. With a dreamy and sorrowful tune, “Walking With the Moon” concludes the LP in a repetitively slow and somber beat with a flattering similarity to the LP’s other nocturnally melancholic melodies.
With such a collection of soft sadcore and emo-driven folk melodies, Point The Flashlight and Walk makes for a soothing experience at the end of a long day when the body calls for rest and slumber. It resonates with the soul’s chilling desire to step back and chill and is yet another wonderful addition to Told Slant’s discography.