Release Radar #27

Its time for release radar again, I couldn’t wait for some of these releases so let’s dive right in!

Lowkey As Hell- Waterparks

Lowkey As Hell- Waterparks

Opening with poppy electronic beats, Awsten’s quickly flows into the first verse combined with pounding drums. Chorus takes it a little more in a dreamy direction before getting back into the second verse. The bridge adds more guitar and a louder Awsten’s and a synth breakdown. One last verse on which only the vocals shine.

Lyrically the song has some callbacks to watch what happens next of their album Fandom. The song carries on from the same theme, looking at the costs of fame.

What I like about this song is the overall vocal flow, and of course the pacing between electronics guitars and vocals only. This song really combined a lot of things that I like about “Waterparks”      

Fall for You- High Shores

Fall for You- High Shores

Sweeping in with rhythmic drums and lightly distorted guitars and Amanda her sugary vocals. The pre-chorus adds electronic vocal effects, before the band goes all out with drums and guitars on the vocals. The second verse follows the same structure as the first and introduces the chorus in the same way. On the bridge the band gives the guitars their moment. The song ends with one last chorus.

Lyrically the song talks about putting up walls after heartbreak but still hopping somebody will break them down.

What I like about this song are the vocals, and how the song seems to be a little louder than their other songs, leaning more to the rock side than the synth side.

Whatever- Girlsgirlsgirls

Whatever- Girlsgirlsgirls

Starting off with poppy guitar the songs 8-bit tones and shooting vocals slowly get louder on the chorus. The chorus itself introduces guitars and pounding drums contrasting with the mellow verses. The second verse goes with the same mellow vibe as the first but builds up to the chorus faster. A second vocalist sings on the chorus. On the bridge the guitars get a bigger moment to sine before they get back into on last chorus, giving the perfect combination of guitars and synths

Lyrically the songs talk about trying to hold on, but playing with the thought of letting go, and eventually doing it. 

What I like about this song is the tone it sets, its opening synth parts remind me a lot of neon era pop punk and the neon pop in general, but the band still managed to give it a fresh take with louder guitars and drums.

Heartless- Luxe

Heartless- Luxe

Opening right up with the vocals and some effects, the song slowly adds guitar and hip hop like vocals. The beat behind this flow consists of guitar and drums. The chorus goes more for a pop punk feel but plays of the verses. The second verse follows the same structure as the first with the guitar getting louder slowly before dripping into the chorus and ending the song with a piano driven version of the chorus.

Lyrically the song talks about being heartless, as it is better than being broken-hearted.

What I like about this song is the contrast between the chorus and the verse, as well as the overall flow on the verses.

Drowned & Drained- Two and a Half Girl

Drowned & Drained- Two and a Half Girl

Kicking right of with pounding drums and chugging guitars, the first vocals get right into powerful screaming. Multiple vocals can be heard on the verses and even adding some grunting. The chorus is the opening of the song and as such follows the same structure of loud guitars and powerful screams. On the bridge the band takes it slower and only a lone guitar can be heard before clean vocals and drums are slowly added back. The band builds it way back to the chorus but adds more emotion in the group vocals. The song ends with one last chorus.

Lyrically the song talks about addiction and the slow path of recovery from it.   

What I like about this song is the combination of screaming, grunting and loud guitar which is broken up by the mellow bridge.   

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