Plastic Barricades’ latest album “We Stayed Indoors” is a musical masterpiece that brings forward introspection and optimism in perfect harmony, offering a journey through sound that mirrors the moods of our time. This London-based indie rock band’s third full-length record, released on November 30th, is a poignant exploration of hope, mental health, and the complexities of human emotions in a world that often feels fragmented and uncertain.

Written and recorded during the pandemic, it does an amazing job of capturing the essence of millions across the globe who found themselves isolated and introspective to varying degrees looking back on regrets about the past while worrying about uncertainty in the future. This helps to add a layer of authenticity and relatability to the album.

In terms of its sound, “We Stayed Indoors” draws heavily from the iconic sounds of Seattle alt-rock band Death Cab for Cutie, providing a familiar but novel auditory experience. Each of the 10 tracks offers a unique narrative underpinned by the band’s signature hopeful tone amidst a seemingly hopeless world. The songwriting, likewise, is sharp, insightful, and emotive, striking a perfect balance between melancholy and optimism.

Not just an auditory feast, the album is a visual treat too. A creative testament in the form of a “one-take” music video for Counting Fireworks, directed by Elina Pasok, brought them to some prestigious lists including favorites at the London Global Short Film Festival and Rome Music Video Awards.

“We Stayed Indoors” is not just an album; it’s a mirror to our times, gently enshrouding us in its melodies and lyrics. It is a testament to the enduring spirit of humanity and the healing power of music. Certainly, Plastic Barricades has put a lot of thought into the creation of the album that will be remembered by listeners for years to come.