We review the new single from The Height – Nowhere
The Height, are an up-and-coming indie band, located out of Salford. Originally starting out as a lone frontman, and performing under the name John Denton, they decided to form up and become The Height after some deliberation. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Their debut single, Nowhere, is your typical indie darling. A heavy emphasis on a singer with a regional accent, use of acoustic guitar, and a strong bass, all wrapped together in the embrace of a marching drum.
Beginning with the drums, there’s a very heavy emphasis that The Height put on snares and cymbals. It gives a much lighter, and more high tenor feel over the whole song and makes it very chilled. There’s surprisingly a very small use of drums as a bass instrument here, giving a much more floaty and gentle feel throughout the whole track.
Instead, this is picked up by a very pronounced bass guitar that’s the deepest tone by a mile on the whole track. But that heavy emphasis on each bass chord is what adds the taters to the proverbial meat of the song. It fills out the sound nicely, by standing out in a strong way and being a little louder than a lot of bass guitars you’ll hear in contemporary songs. It’s a clever move, and one that was needed to make sure the song didn’t float away. It’s the grounding force of the song, but the cool rhythm and easygoing tempo keep those easygoing vibes and really knits everything up nicely.
As far as the acoustic goes, it’s this driving instrument that brings a much more intricate style. There are a lot of little moments in each verse and chorus where the guitar just flourishes that little bit. It’s in these intricate notes that the attitude of the song comes bursting out in swaths, rounding out the track a little more and giving it that little bit more life. It’s a lot livelier than other elements and benefits heavily from it. Alongside this, the use of an acoustic over electric softens the track into a more anthemic tune that’s not overly braggadocios.
Finally, we have the vocals. As previously mentioned, it uses the time-old Indie style of really leaning into the front man’s heavy accent, giving it that authentic Indie Brit feels that has defined the genre since its early days. They’re gentle and a little on the nasal side, but without a doubt very soothing and comfy to listen to. The chanting of ‘this is the middle of nowhere’ at the end is a surefire earworm and is bound to get stuck in the listener’s head. It’s a solid performance and one that fits into a mould, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Overall, The Height brings you typical indie darling, as said in the opening of our review. But that’s not a bad thing when your debut single is meant to garner interest, define your sound, and let people know exactly what the crack is. It’s a safe and sensible bet and one that will surely pay off in the band’s upcoming efforts.