Post Rome’s newest release ticks some of the boxes I would be looking for in a slice of atmospheric alt-rock, but there’s something intangible that makes it fall just short. It’s not that I don’t enjoy ‘Want To Believe’, it’s just I can’t see myself falling in love with it, and for me that’s so important in such a congested market.
Don’t get me wrong though, I do enjoy what Post Rome has pulled together on this track, and there are moments that deserve special attention. There’s definitely a nuance in the crafting of sonic textures throughout, that bolster and draw attention to parts of the song you didn’t think you’d necessarily be attracted to.
The rolling, glittering, ever-present synth pattern that pushes it’s head above the surface for just enough time to draw breath is a well-executed touch that shows me that Post Rome know what they’re trying to achieve. They’ve crafted a well-balanced bridge/pre-chorus that has a genuine pull on the listener; it’s engaging and tantalising. Yet for ‘Want To Believe’ to be the success is could be, Post Rome need to invest all their songwriting chops into enabling a full piece to have the same effect on me.
I don’t wish to draw comparisons between the bands too much, but an example of a track where I think this has been executed very well is Lonely The Brave’s recent single ‘Bound’. Structurally, there’s little to decipher between Post Rome and LTB, but there’s an intriguing use of percussion in LTB’s offering, the absence and then forceful power of the spaced kickdrums changing the dynamics of their soaring chorus just enough to keep the listener on their toes. Perhaps it’s a predictability to Post Rome that I’m not quite sold by, but again maybe that’s too harsh.
This is a tough one this. I want to say “yes, yes you should go and listen to Post Rome’s new single”, and I’m going to, but I want more from them next time around. Call this the building blocks to work form, to curate something with an edge and unpredictability that stays within the framework they’ve assembled for themselves, but reimagines what they can achieve in there.