Indie-pop sibling trio AJR's third full-length album, Neotheater was entirely self-produced by the group in Ryan and Jack Met's NYC apartment with portions recorded in Los Angeles. The 12 original songs spin a coming of age tale that hears the band coming to terms with the sacrifices that come with growing older now that they are in their 20s.
The buoyant and uplifting music is juxtaposed with darker lyrical narratives that touch on anxiety, naiveté and searching for integrity. Effervescent track "Birthday Party" features an eerie sample taken from David Lynch's Eraserhead. The song's tongue-in-cheek lyrics live at the apex of wide-eyed inexperience as the song is sung from the point of view of a one-minute-old child.