Release Radar #32

It’s the end of the week again, and that means five new songs for me to discuss. Let’s dive in to this week’s release radar.

That Won’t Save Us – Against the Current

That Won’t Save Us – Against the Current

Kicking almost right in with pounding drums and distorted guitars, the first verse takes thing a slower which gives the contrast to make the chorus even louder. The chorus shows the full ability of Chrissy her voice, accompanied by distorted guitars and rhythmic drums. Taking it slower and going in a dreamier direction on the bridge the band goes out with a bang by building al energy in one last chorus.

Lyrically the song talks about wanting to give up but realizing “That Won’t Save Us” 

What I like about this song is the contrast between the softer verses and louder choruses, as well as the energy Chrissy puts behind her voice.     

Jerusalem- Jack & Sally 

Jerusalem- Jack & Sally 

Opening with soft vocals accompanied by slow guitar, the song quickly changes its instrumentation to distorted and louder guitar. On the second verse the band takes it a little slower again but keeps in building up to the louder chorus. soloing guitars fill in the bridge, before going to stuttering guitars and pounding drums. The third verse has a change of flow, with more muted guitars and powerchords. Going full circle, the band ends with the same soft instrumentation as the beginning of the song.

Lyrically the song talks about the loss and re discovery of faith.  

What I like about this song is the many parts it has and how it seems to tell a story. Sound wise It would easily fit onto a Green Day album.

Don’t Turn Away- Without Andrew

Don’t Turn Away- Without Andrew

 Starting with slow strumming guitars and rhythmic drums, the vocals of the first verse add an emotional layer to the song. Going in the balled direction on the chorus the band keeps the same instrumentation, only ending in a stuttering effect to introduce the second verse. Following the same path to the second chorus, the band goes into an emotional bridge and ends with one last chorus.

Lyrically the song is a love balled, asking the other person to not turn away because they make everything better if they stay.

What I like about this song are the emotional undertone, while slower and softer in contrast with other Without Andrew songs, it gives a nice change of pace.  

Hold On – James Burki Ft NCT

Hold On – James Burki Ft NCT

Starting with a mix of piano, synths and vocals with effect layers, the first verse shows some rawer vocals. Introducing drum and bass style instrumentals to the mix, these get a moment to shine. The second verse takes it slow again, but quickly flows back into the beats. The bridge plays with the softer side again and ends the song on this soft note.

Lyrically the song gives a simple lesson, sometimes it’s better to let go than to hold on.  

What I like about this song is the team up behind it, making the song having an indie feel, but with sounds that are more adjusted to the clubs.   

Monsters- Dream State

Monsters- Dream State

Opening with dreamy beats and soft vocals, the song slowly builds up in loudness and speed. Starting with the vocals and quickly adding the guitar and pounding drums. With the band being all in the vocals get a raw edge and the band gets a fast feel to it. After the second chorus the band takes it back to the dreamy sound on the bridge, before going into a breakdown and ending in one last chorus.

Lyrically the song talks about being better than your best self, but also letting go of your regrets about the past. 

What I like about this song is the fast flow that its behind is, especially how the vocals take the song from slow and dreamy, to fast and energetic. 

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