Return to Sender, the debut full length album from Minnesota indie rockers The Thank You Notes (TTYN), captures two apparently opposing yet inherently intertwined trajectories.
First and foremost, Return to Sender documents the growth of a band. The synthesis of a whole from what was once 5 individual parts. Culled from nearly three years of songwriting together, each track on Return to Sender is a product of the bands growth through those years. From a song built on one of the first riffs TTYN ever drunkenly jammed on, to songs written mere months prior to hunkering down in Joe Mabbott's Hideaway Studios in Minneapolis in the fall of 2011.
In opposition to the growth of the band over time, the lyrical content on Return to Sender very subtly captures the degradation and downward spiral of a relationship through time over its 14 tracks. A shiny and optimistic first half slowly dissolves into a murkier, darker, and anguished finish.