I was in my girlfriend's kitchen, listening to Skeletal Lightning's Midwest sampler from last summer--and pretending to write a paper on Faulkner--when I heard this band, and was left speechless. Coming from Minnesota, this band is manic-aggressive, with equal parts aggression and twinkle, but always staying evocative and stunning. This effort, "This Couch Is Long & Full Of Friendship," is the latest release, put out by Atlas only two months ago. This band is brilliant.

"Dakota" starts off with mellow, delay-heavy picking and strumming, with vocalist singing, hoarsely and passionately, over the twinkly sonic heaven that is brought to us mere mortals. Integrating both vocalists, very well I might add, this song is a short, sweet, to-the-point opener that allows the listener only 3 minutes to revel in this beauty.

Where the opener started out with slow, building notes, "Along The Lakeside" blazes through its 3 minutes of incredible lead guitar, alternating vocals, and free-range, spastic drums. The guitar on this track is just wonderful. Soaring and stopping as it pleases, schizophrenic and inspired. Of course, the vocals are the leading force in this trio, truly complementing, and even completing, the sound they so desire (and achieve).

"Grayscale" is brilliant. This is another fast song, with time changes on a dime, and almost (and I mean this in the best way) selfish, in the sense of their songwriting--like an inside joke between the band members that we're left out of, but constantly wanting to know about. "What's the point of beauty, if we all look the same?"

"Vacation Bible School" is the most unique song thus far on the album; utilizing and honing the twinkling guitars, jazz-influenced drums, and vitriolic, frail vocals, "I came with confidence. I left with emptiness." However, they add in a new, almost heavy aspect to this track, in a slow, driving way that is difficult to explain, but easy to pick up on when listening. Brilliant.

"Clouds Above My Head" is a gorgeous, harmonic-ridden song--lyrically transcendent, perfectly structured; this track just bleeds passion and talent all over this album, before leading into the instrumental "I," a true look into the band's talent as song writers--with or without vocals. They do include, in this track, a sound clip of a sobbing man (I'm not sure what to cite--movie? Interview?), over the creative sounds that the band has created through the use of sound looping, and ambient expertise. This song is 1:17 of beautiful catharsis.

"Waterbed" ends the catharsis of "I" almost instantly, with an aggressive, powerful intro that serves as a "wake up" to the listener. Throughout the song, there are excellently-placed breaks, again showing the ability of the band to just write a damn good song.

"Amateur Night" begins with an almost Minus The Bear-esque intro, and includes some of the best social commentary on the album--this time, on the futility of religion. However, it's almost hard to buy into the dark humor/sarcasm of the lyrics, when this song is so sonically gorgeous.

"II" is another beautiful instrumental endeavor for Tiny Moving Parts, a conclusion to "I," this track includes another excerpt of a man speaking, being thankful for his "opportunities," and thanking God. 1:07.

"John P." is the final track on the album, and easily the most emotional. Similar to their song "Coffee With Tom," off a Split EP, this song is a eulogy to a friend (whom I assume is John P.), and is a gorgeous, heart-breaking look into a life after the loss of a best friend. Alternating between aggression and cathartic, somber riffs, this song exemplifies the inner struggle involved in death, and its influence on everyone. The haunting last lines hit me the hardest, "One day, we'll crack a Coca-Cola in our parents' basement. We'll laugh about the past while life itself has left." This song had me openly weeping; this song is so gorgeous, so sad, so powerful. I'm out of words.

Tiny Moving Parts is incredible. Go buy this album. Go support them. Let them play your living room. Whatever you want. But don't ignore this band; don't ignore this album. This album is life-changing.