It’s only been a couple of years since Clay Cages came together in college and they’re just a year removed from their debut Tension EP, but the Nashville five-piece are already breaking bigger and more ambitious sonic ground on their follow-up, The Lenses We See Life Through.

The five-track EP plays out like a micro-concept album with each song encapsulating a stage of life between birth and death. That means they move from the hopeful, measured opener “Permanence” to the churning and defiant mid-album “Rust” before a waning resolution heard on "Holidays and Strangers." And it’s all wrapped in the band’s soaring blend of emo and post-hardcore with a knowing nod to pop throughout it all.

“It's how a person’s outlook on life changes throughout that person’s lifetime,” frontman Danny Fields told us. And the EP delivers on themes that are universal in their very nature, allowing it to resonate with a diverse set of listeners. “Since the album is not about a particular person, the messages can be applied to all who listen,” Fields said.

While The Lenses We See Life Through isn’t out until Friday (Nov. 20), Diffuser is excited to stream it in full.

After opening for the Early November earlier this year, Clay Cages have a handful of tour dates coming up in their home state. Check out when you can catch them right here.