Essential New Music: Pianos Become The Teeth’s “Wait For Love”

Pianos Become The Teeth aren’t suddenly all sunshine on Wait For Love, but they do feel somewhat lighter-chested. Continuing down the same path forged by 2014’s Keep You, which marked a shift away from post-hardcore screaming to a more composed and collected indie rock, Wait For Love refines the band’s still-fresh sonic space. These 10 songs are less concerned with catharsis and more interested in letting the light in. “Fake Lighting” is a brimming call to action, insisting a celebration in lighter tones.

Wait For Love radiates the kind of late-night beauty akin to the National’s Boxer, with its punchy, dizzy percussion and its ability to pull some heavy results out of small details, like a child’s resemblance to his passed grandfather on the sober sunset of “Blue.” Keep You and 2011’s The Lack Long After were outstanding and brutal documents of grief; Wait For Love is a beautiful consideration of what comes next.

—Jordan Walsh