He Is We is the type of new indie pop duo that makes me wonder if I’m too old to like this music. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I love their debut CD, My Forever. But they look just slightly older than my own kids, and a visit to their online sites show them updating fans with tons of exclamation points, words like “stoked,” and “party!!!!!!,” and photos of them being alternately thoughtful and artsy. The generation gap seems more like a gorge.
But whether or not I would stand out in the crowd at any one of their shows, the music reaches across the divide, and I’m a new fan.
My Forever is a collection of songs primarily about love. But as trite as that sounds, with lyrics by singer Rachel Taylor and music by bandmate Trevor Kelly, the songs are well-written and compelling. They range in tone from fun, uplifting pop (“Forever & Ever,” “Happily Ever After”), to unexpectedly heartbreaking (“Kiss It Better”), to edgy and unforgiving (“Prove You Wrong,” “Blame It on the Rain”). It all makes for a robust, well-paced CD. This is the rare CD where I’m not skipping through songs – I love every track.
Take a listen to an acoustic version of their song, “Blame It on the Rain:”