RGM RECOMMENDS – WE REVIEW THIS WEEKS BEST TOP 5 LATEST SINGLES
KITE THIEF – GOLDSICK
The quintet from Bristol, Kite Thief, present their hard-hitting modern metal track ‘Goldsick’, with tightly refined production and a strong performance that leaves a great first impression to first time listeners.
Even after the first listen it is difficult not to remember the chorus melody. The harmonies here are subtle but add a really great accompaniment on top of the already fantastic lead vocal.
In stark contrast to the rest of the song is the bridge, which can only be described as ‘filthy’. The song heavies up massively in its performance and shows some great vocal range, the guttural backing vocals at the end of this section being my personal favourite.
Next up is Martellos, the Irish duo who bring their latest single titled ‘Another’. Whilst deceptively simple at first, the track then presents a constantly evolving structure that has no repeating sections, which I think it pulls off beautifully.
The most prominent element to this track is the bass line; it’s distortion cuts through the mix beautifully and provides the driving force behind the whole song.
The crescendo in it’s final third is the high point of the song, and it is in this section where we hear the surprising amount of depth from the vocal performance.
The vocals are their most aggressive at the beginning, but it is in their reduction of dynamics with the repeated phrase at the end of the song that really sticks out and drives home the slight feeling of melancholy that the song portrays.
The Berlin based band The Otherness, originally from Argentina, presents an extremely catchy song that presents some really fun melodies from a neo-retro sound.
The main melody is a real earworm and is introduced via the bass and guitar in its introduction. Following this, the vocals carry the melody for the rest of the song, whilst the instrumentation gradually becomes more prolific in its playing.
This is a group of very talented songwriters, and this is showcased as there is never a dull moment in this song.
This is all held together by a synth that really gives the track its own identity. Presenting a nostalgic tone that still feels contemporary with the music we all love today.
Do you ever go into a mood where you want to listen to music just to ‘feel something’? If so, then this next recommendation might just be the one for you.
Sheffield based group Since Torino present their new single ‘Snow’; a cosy, melancholic piece that asks the listeners to join the vocalist in opening up and embracing their vulnerabilities for 4 and a half minutes.
The atmosphere to the track is certainly enthralling, there is a gentleness to the vocal and instrumental performance that adds a deliberate dulled effect overall that is easy on the ears, a sound similar to that of a musician picking up their acoustic guitar on a rainy day. It is because of this that the listener can really listen to what the lyrics have to say.
A fantastic track overall, and one that fits beautifully into an Autumn/Winter playlist.
Last, but certainly not least is Brighton based band Porcelain Doll. Released on Friday the 13th of October is their latest single ‘Vampires’; a slightly ethereal alt rock track that definitely holds in it some gothic and eerie undertones through it’s production. A perfect track for the spooky season!
The verses present a slightly unnerving, yet sensual quality to the vocals and the guitar playing, qualities shared with the title’s supernatural creatures in question, achieved through a really great use of reverb.
The chorus to this song contains a great hook, with the repeated phrase ‘he drained the life right out of me’. The aggression in the chorus acts as a release of frustrations and is a message that I’m sure many of us have dealt with at some point or another.