Release Radar #15

A New Month is here and that means new releases, let’s dive right in!

Broken Matches- CooCoo

Broken Matches- CooCoo

The song opens with the strike of a match, before getting into the gritty guitars. On the first verse female vocals can be heard while on the chorus a male voice is thrown into the dynamic. The song uses the vocals combined with drums to give the chorus its highs and lows. The second chorus is introduced by a lone fuzzy guitar before getting back to lyrics and mirroring the first verse. The song ups the energy with the intro of the second verse. The second verse adds a guitar solo, before going getting into a drum and vocals only part. Kicking in to high gear for the outro of the song and ending on a high note.

Lyrically the song is about second chances and changing your faith.

What I like about this song are the fuzzy guitars and sing along chorus.

California’s Burning- Hot Milk  

California’s Burning- Hot Milk

Opening with glooming guitars and electronic beats, the song keeps adding louder guitars and real drums. The first verse has a darker vibe and features rapping vocals from Hannah accompanied by electronic beats. On the chorus the song builds up with more traditional instruments and Jim’s screaming vocals before adding Hannah her singing vocals. The second verse gets to a more electronic side and is sung by Jim. The song kicks into the second chorus a little more unexpected. The bridge features an almost grunting Jim. Before getting calmer in both instruments and by adding Hannah with calmer vocals. The song ends on one last chorus.

Lyrically the song is about current times and in particular the going on’s in the U.S.A today. The song sends a message of hope.  

What I like about this song is its relevance in these times, but from a musical point of view the excellent blending of genres and instruments.

For Life- SHADED

For Life- SHADED

Starting of with relaxing beats and a lone piano coupled with relaxing vocals. The chorus adds some more electronic beats with give the song more of an 80s vibe. The second verse gives the same relaxing instrumentals but does add higher vocals. The second chorus adds a guitar into the mix. The bridge features a synthesizer solo before adding the vocals back into the mix. Only the vocals can be heard for two lines before the song ends with one last chorus.

Lyrically the song is about a break up and feels conflicted between going back to the girl and moving on.

What I like about this song is the relaxing vibe combined with the 80s style electronics.    

There She Goes Again- Altitude  

There She Goes Again- Altitude

Kicking right in with pounding drums and loud guitars, the song gets into the first verse fast. Building to the chorus filled with screaming guitar before getting back to a slower pop punk tempo on the second verse. Mirroring the first verse the band build to the chorus again but this time mixes vocals. The bridge of the song features crunchier guitar and lighter vocals. The song takes it a little slower after the bridge and builds to one last chorus, filled with mixed vocals again.

Lyrically the song is about falling for a girl, even though it’s not going to work and it will only make your live worse.

What I like about this song is the old school pop punk vibe I get from it. The sound reminds me a lot of bands like “Lagwagon”.   

Bored- Tessa violet ft MisterWives

Bored- Tessa violet ft MisterWives

The song opens with a pounding drum effect and is fast to add an acoustic guitar together with Tessa her voice. The first verse slowly adds backing vocals until the song goes all out on the chorus and puts trumpets into the mix. The second chorus introduces some more bass into the song as well as Mandy her vocals. The second chorus is sung by both Tessa and Mandy, accompanied by backing vocals. The bridge gets more upbeat and features alternating vocals. Louder vocals introduce the last chorus, before the song ends on one last verse mixed with electronic effects.

Lyrically the song is as expected about boredom, but mostly the boredom of a daily routine.

What I like about this song is how it contrasts between the softer verses and all out choruses.     

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