‘Helping Hand’ sees Chloe Mogg wrap her wraithy vocals around suspenseful and enigmatic chords, conjuring a dark, mystifying aura. The delicate nature of the lyrics make the vocals and music appear to accompaniment one another as opposed to the vocals being at the forefront, allowing tranquil layers of electric piano, glittering synths and reverberated harmonies to fully be absorbed. The song adds a little more texture during the middle with the addition of a warm and fuzzy bass riff to really drill in its ominous, ghostly feel.
Soon as Doctor Doctor’s vocals hit you, there’s no mistaking where these guys stem from- the Manchunian sound in Springfield Elementary’s latest release is completely unmissable. The track takes notorious, twangy elements of Britpop, blending them together with modern psychedelia and a fresh new wave of punk to create a fierce hybrid of the old and new. The band’s unique twist on the genre incorporates spoken verses, tormented vocals and a hell of a lot of fuzz amongst the hazy contrast of the narrative’s lyrics.
Crystal Blue shows us exactly what Late Night Legacy are all about: Strong grooves, fierce melodies and infectious, fiery choruses. The band’s latest release embodies indie rock in its most definitive form through driven guitars, catchy lyrics and synths riding on the backbone of an intense and syncopated rhythm section. The chorus could maybe afford to be boosted a little more dramatically but non the less the vocal line is definitely memorable.
Returning with their overtly shadowy aura and grandiose narratives, ‘Mule Track’ explores the idea that heaven and hell exist amongst us as opposed to purely above or below. Taking inspiration from a painting sharing the track’s title, the music mimics the sorrowful, dystopian landscape with its trudgy riffs and distorted vocals over repetitive motifs to drag you through the miserable wasteland. The dramatics of music don’t quite manifest themselves straight away but instead leave you mulling over similar dark melodies, further encapsulating the lethargic imagery of the ‘Mule Track’.
Mockingbird (Fine Smoke) certainly nods it head to the pioneers of late 90’s/early 00’s soft rock- it’s the kind of song you’d listen to in the car with your dad when you were a kid. There’s no doubt that the elements of rock and Britpop shine through the music however, these elements haven’t been adapted in any way to create something slightly more unique or exciting to add to the band’s name. The track features the same jangly riff and steady beat throughout its whole six minutes which proves to be slight overkill for the length of the song- Mockingbird (Fine Smoke) really would have benefited by halving the its length and replacing the main riff with contrasting elements.