Release Radar #13

Another week, another release radar, so let’s get to this week’s tunes.   

Masquerade – Outwaves ft Osatia

Masquerade – Outwaves ft Osatia

Opening with dreamy guitars, the song is quick to introduce fast guitars and soft vocals. Building towards the chorus electronic elements are added. On the chorus the guitars get more of an 8-bit vibe to their sound and the distinct vocals of Osatia’s Alex Pasibe can be heard. Together with heavy bass, grunting and high-pitched vocals are added on the second chorus, before repeating the chorus. On the bridge the vocals get slower, mix and give off an emotional vibe which is emphasized by the absence of instrumentals end the fade out end.

Lyrically the song seems to be about self-image, and the fact that some actions feel like a “Masquerade”

What I like about this song is the combination of pop punk and metalcore and electronic elements. Furthermore, I like the complementing vocals of Outwaves Steve Almon and Osatia’s Alex Pasibe.

Sick is The New Sane – Happy.

Sick is The New Sane – Happy.

Kicking right off with the vocals and heavy guitars, the song has a relaxing rhythm that swells to introduce the first chorus. The second verse adds synthesizers and alternating drums to the mix. After the second chorus, the bridge switches things up by adding a talking crowd effect accompanied by stuttering guitars. The song ends with one last chorus.  

Lyrically the song describes a feeling of restlessness, slowly getting the feeling of going insane.

What I like about this song are the heavy guitars combined with synths on the chorus. Furthermore, I like the simple structure of the song, giving me summer vibes.

Fall – Neck Deep

Fall – Neck Deep

Opening with dreamy guitars and pounding drums before introducing Ben’s recognizable vocals. The chorus switches things up with a more rhythmic guitar. The second verse gets the same opening as the first but has the addition of vocals effects. The chorus repeats in the same way before the song slows down for the first half of the bridge, adding heavy guitars to the second. Breaking into gang vocals and clapping, the song adds a third verse before ending on a rhythmic guitar solo.

Lyrically the song seems to be describing a feeling of regret about a night out with a girl while also wanting another night.

What I like about this song is the alternation between loud and soft. Furthermore, the chorus gives me a more Brit-pop vibe and Ben’s vocals seem a lot calmer in comparison with their last album which I like in combination with their new instrumental sound.     

Brand New Vision- Point North ft DE’WAYNE

Brand New Vision- Point North ft DE’WAYNE

Starting off right of with the vocals, the song quickly introduces electronic beats, combined with drums and guitar. The chorus slows down more, being carried by electronics and harmonizing vocals, before getting in a more traditional pop punk direction. The second verse uses the same combination of electronics and guitars and introduces a second verse similar to the first. On the bridge things change up with the introduction of more hip-hop style beats, accompanied by DE’WAYNE’s rapping vocals, switching back to Jon’s vocals effects are added, before the song ends with one last chorus.  

Lyrically the song is basically about bettering yourself, and having a brand-new vision on live.

What I like about this song is the mixing of genres, combining the energy of pop punk with electronics and a hip-hop flow.       

Breathe – Knuckle Puck ft Derek Sanders

Breathe – Knuckle Puck ft Derek Sanders

Opening with distorted guitars and banging drums, introduces fast vocals as the first verse, quickly getting into the chorus. The second verse opens with a stuttering guitar, before adding drums back in. The bridge introduces vocals effects and the distinct vocals of Derek Sanders, accompanied by a dreamy bass and slow drums. The song suddenly takes it down a notch before getting right back in with one last chorus.

Lyrically the song is giving the listener advice and support, telling them to “Breathe” when things don’t go their way.

What I like about this song are the fast vocals, and alternating of fast to slow instrumentals. All with all the song sound how I expect it to sound, like a combination of “Mayday Parade” and “Knuckle Puck”      

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