Three years in the making, Gestalt’s newest release, Right On Time is well worth the wait. Building off of the strong vocal harmonies and catchy guitar hooks that can be heard on their 2017 release, LongBoix, Right On Time finds Gestalt not only refining their signature sound, but also branching out more than ever before. Within only six songs, the self-described “indie/punk/whatever” band break down genre barriers and develop their playful, energetic sound in a way that continues to set them apart.
Opening with “Riptide”, Gestalt quickly reminds listeners why they fell in love with them to begin with. Spearheaded by stunning vocal harmonies and upbeat guitar work, the song starts on a simple, minimalistic note and continues to grow and evolve into an explosive chorus. Much of the album follows suit, with songs like the energetic “Stilettos & Garments” and “Oops late” flowing organically into one another. Clocking in at just under ninety seconds, “Worst Idea of All Time” finds the band experimenting with glitchy synths and auto-tuned vocals, showcasing their diversity before launching into the summery single, “Caffeine”, which leans into a more groovy sound. On the album’s closer, “faster!”, the band returns to their pop-punk roots for a song that’ll surely hit hard live, and by the time it comes to an end, it’ll leave you wanting to press play all over again.
Despite the way that Gestalt weaves in and out of different sounds and genres on Right On Time, the record never once comes off as meandering or disjointed. Instead, the band has managed to find a way to blend their energetic punk roots with modern pop and a unique indie flair for something that not only cements their place in the Denver scene, but will easily launch them further than before.