This four-song split has the influences of that pop punk/emo style music that was popular in the early 2000s. Regardless, I still found myself enjoying this 7”. I’ve seen Rumspringer live, and it’s really difficult for me to reconcile their recorded sound with their performance sound. But this split has me scratching my head even more because the track “Normal Again” sounds most like the raw, rough around the edges, high energy punk they brought to their show yet it’s the one song written by the member who quit the band. Sleep Like A Log brings more technical guitar chops to its emo influenced pop but the Japanese accents make the tear jerking songs bearable because it allowed me to focus on the melody and the music rather than on their lyrics such as, “I don’t believe. In the Sadness, real and fiction are same by my eyes.” Still, all the music-craft here is strong and I’ve already flipped this split over four times.
–N.L. Dewart (Traffic Street)