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WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM CAMENS – ILLUSTRATOR

The latest single release from indie rock/pop band Camens “Illustrator” is a boisterously charged and endlessly optimistic throwback to the 000’s indie scene pioneered by the likes of Circa Waves or The Wombats. However, it must be said that it doesn’t stray a step outside of this comfort zone.  

With the typical racing drum beat and upbeat guitar of any early 2000s indie hits “Illustrator” quickly establishes its genre as a crowd-pleasing indie rock piece that is utterly sing-along-able and unyieldingly positive.

With lyrics celebrating new beginnings and the excitement of the freedom and possibility that comes with a new relationship, this is portrayed using the clever metaphor of an illustrator, painting a new life and drawing a new story with someone. Filled to the brim with crowd-pleasing hooks, a chanting chorus and a rip-roaring instrumental this song is naturally festival ready and makes it easy to see how as a band Camens have had much success in this area. However, as the track progresses it becomes increasingly clear that there are few surprises in store.  



Whilst following a clear formula allows this track to easily blend into its chosen genre, when it comes to defining the Camens own individual sound “Illustrator” fails. Sounding completely indistinguishable from a Circa Waves track in some parts, there isn’t much that’s memorable about “Illustrator” as a track outside of a moderately catchy chorus. In the sea of indie rock bands that are looking for success, anyone who wants to gain serious recognition arguably needs to know their genre whilst bringing something new and exciting that will encapsulate a new generation of listeners. Unfortunately, in “Illustrator” Camens don’t stand out from the crowd. In order to push themselves to the top, they should work more to use their genre to their advantage rather than to let it confine them into a box.

Latest single release from indie rock/pop band Camens “Illustrator” is a boisterously charged and endlessly optimistic throwback to the 000’s indie scene pioneered by the likes of Circa Waves or The Wombats. However, it must be said that it doesn’t stray a step outside of this comfort zone.  

With the typical racing drum beat and upbeat guitar of any early 2000s indie hit “Illustrator” quickly establishes its genre as a crowd-pleasing indie rock piece that is utterly sing-along-able and unyieldingly positive. With lyrics celebrating new beginnings and the excitement of the freedom and possibility that comes with a new relationship, this is portrayed using the clever metaphor of an illustrator, painting a new life and drawing a new story with someone. Filled to the brim with crowd-pleasing hooks, a chanting chorus, and a rip-roaring instrumental this song is naturally festival ready and makes it easy to see how as a band Camens have had much success in this area. However, as the track progresses it becomes increasingly clear that there are few surprises in store.  

Whilst following a clear formula works to this track’s advantage in that it easily blends into its chosen genre, when it comes to defining Camens own individual sound “Illustrator” fails. Sounding completely indistinguishable from a Circa Waves track in some parts, there isn’t much that’s memorable about “Illustrator” as a track outside of a moderately catchy chorus. In the sea of indie rock bands that are looking for success, anyone who wants to gain serious recognition arguably needs to know their genre whilst bringing something new and exciting that will encapsulate a new generation of listeners. Unfortunately, in “Illustrator” Camens don’t stand out from the crowd. In order to push themselves to the top, they should work more to use their genre to their advantage rather than let it confine them.