This album is available for download via Sally Forth Records.
The ambient, astral roar of this album is fueled by the intricately crafted, pleasantly unfamiliar sound of This Beautiful Mess. A rich blend of studio technology and solid pop sensibility, the band makes their debut with an intelligent collection of hard and soft layers, electronic noises and swooning melodies that are stirring, refreshingly unique and strangely beautiful. Call it creative rock for the ages, it's a presentation that relies on two musical approaches which together propel the surreal, cinematic quality Falling On Deaf Ears. Infinitely detailed in its production and dynamically varied with an abundance of textures, this record breathes genuine emotion and intense imagery. The aching voice of lead singer Arjen has an emotional directness that is undeniably sincere. Simply beautiful, breathtaking music. Unreleased song "Racing The Mosaic" on The Emo Diaries, Chapter Seven. (DER-409)
"I am admittedly guilty of applying terms such as 'ethereal' and 'heartfelt' to a variety of bands, possibly to a point where these adjectives lose their true meanings. I apologize for this and would like to say that This Beautiful Mess is deserving of the aforementioned words and are, in fact, the living embodiment there of. Falling On Deaf Ears is atmospheric guitar rock played with classical skill, featuring Arjen Van Wijk's vocals which are both driven and operatic. Each song pops with energy and power, but the swirling vastness will leave you entranced. There is a forceful depth within each effort, as all eleven anthems burst forth, bombarding the listener with a combination of grace and volume that few bands understand. If you are looking for a record that will take you on a journey, this may be it. Effortlessly transitioning from loud to soft to explosive, This Beautiful Mess integrate pop sense with deeply textured sound. Falling On Deaf Ears is a record that is simultaneously gorgeous and volcanic. Get this." - Jersey Beat
"This Beautiful Mess on Falling On Deaf Ears makes music that is exquisite in its rich layers of sound and lyrical abstraction. As the very first tones reached my ears, the only thing I could do was stagger back from the stereo to find myself sitting on the floor, completely enchanted. As I leaned backwards onto the nearest supporting wall, what flew through my head were the very few songs that have stolen my breath the way the first track, Black Is The New Red, was doing. Each song seemed an extension of the one before, which created an entire album that mesmerizes with its continuous haunting beauty. This beauty is only epitomized by the reverberating vocals of Arjen Van Wijk. From the first echoing timbre, through the controlled wavering and the precisely irresolute wails, to the final hollow resonance, they never ceased to send tingles down my spine. Breathtaking and overwhelming, the album exemplifies a romantic jazz quality, with hints of sounds seemingly new wave-influenced. Falling On Deaf Ears is definitely an album to fall in love with." - operationINDIY
"Falling on Deaf Ears from This Beautiful Mess is a thing of classical beauty and originality. This release may have for you the same effect it had for me...on first listen, I was completely floored. The band swirls layers of guitars around atmospheric keyboards and drums, creating a sonic assault of sound that's at one moment driving and intense, the next atmospheric and lovely. Coupled with vocals from Arjen Van Wijk that are intensely moving and lyrics that are emotionally powerful, each song here is quite beautiful. They go from drawn-out, textured swirls of guitar and keys to an all-out assault of emotionally charged intensity. This album is best on the first few listens, when the layers of guitars and keyboards swirling around Van Wijk's gorgeous voice sound their most powerful. Still, repeated listens give insight into the band's impetus for this album - a searching, exploratory spirituality. More emotional than your traditional emo band and more intelligent than your arty acts, This Beautiful Mess have crafted a masterpiece on their debut." - Delusions of Adequacy