Frail Hands come from Nova Scotia, and they released their self-titled debut album back in 2017. When they made that album, they were led by singer Dawn Almeda, who later had to drop out of the band because of vocal strain, something I’m surprised does not happen more often in this genre. In 2020, Frail Hands, now a four-piece without Almeda, release their sophomore LP parted/departed/apart. It rules. Parted/departed/apart is a full quarter longer than their super self-titled debut - many of the tracks are super memorable and distinct but also manage to work well within the album as a whole.. Almeda is still a presence on the new album; she wrote lyrics for a bunch of the songs. And the band still has the same power they had on that first album. Frail Hands bring the intense dynamic shifts of ’90s basement screamo, howling over erratic riff-churns that sometimes go into moments of fragile beauty. I love how they can make a two-minute song sound like an absolute epic. Frail Hands’ sophomore effort is a killer album that showcases an immensely talented band that has mastered the skill of creating short but epic emotional journeys.