The title track to Reset To Default, the latest release from NJ indie-rockers Hodera, opens with bandleader Matt Smith’s lamentation of not being able to perform the action referenced in the album’s title in his life. Such is the immediately established theme that pervades the tortured nostalgia and radical acceptance of the record’s emotionally raw five song arch.
With that look into the past comes the maddening impatience waiting for things to change. Hopelessness, helplessness, these are the cornerstones of depression which eventually become the norm or, in this case, instinct. The album opens with “Just My Instinct”, a swelling, acoustic-led existential outburst.
That fiery start bleeds into the more intimate, drawn back Alice In Chains style ballad that furthers the impatience, pondering over a cigarette. Smith continues with the skiffle “Creature Comforts” which seeks to find refuge from the aforementioned issues with the things that had actually worked in the past, but coming out on the other side just as stuck.
Reset To Default closes with the climactic “She Knows Because She Read It In A Book Once” shuffling through different anti-depressants which features an ethereal secret track as the real end.
With Reset To Default, Hodera have struck a chord with bleeding and self effacing honesty. Don’t fuck up your serotonin people.