Maybe Island Eyes' music might sound easy and pretty accessible at first, but there's always more than just a hint of anguish in Derek Janzen's songs. I'm not sure if anyone get's it, though, because as usual, Janzen eschews common stylistical devices of drama. It's almost like Janzen tried to hide his lyrics in gentle harmonies sometimes.
Edgy yet catchy music that might as well could've been released in 2000. There are slight hints of early DCFC in 'Year of God' which is a good thing, I guess. Also, after owning this record for more than two years, I can say it ages very well.
Some songs almost seem to be a tad overproduced but nevertheless Jorden Klassen is in a league of his own most times. His prowess is a bit lost on pop songs like 'Go to me' but really shines in quieter and pensive moments like 'Goodhart's Law' or Strengthen Me...'.
A lot less predictable and more mature than previous records by this already exceptional song writer. The latter half of 'A Good Way...' is far better than the first one, so maybe the next album will be even better.