Release Radar #34

it’s time to look at same new releases, lets dive in to this weeks Release Radar

Villain – Halflives

Villain – Halflives

The song opens by slowly introducing the instruments with some effects. The first verse quickly introduces the vocals, which have a flowing quality to them. The chorus introduces a mix of guitar, bass and synth to the mix. The second verse follows the same flow as the first. After the second chorus the bridge introduces more guitar to the mix, before using some effects to introduce a third chorus. This chorus shows of more of Linda her vocal energy and goes with more synthetic instrumentation.  The song ends with one last chorus.

Lyrically the song is a breakup song in a round about way, talking about the protagonist own mistakes as well as that of the other person.

What I like about the song is the use of both electronic and traditional instruments, as well as the energy and flow Linda her vocals give to the song.

Shameless- We Were Sharks

Shameless- We Were Sharks

Kicking right in with quick vocals, punchy guitars and energetic drums, the first verse is over before you know it. The chorus keeps with upbeat instrumentation and sing-along energy.  The second verse goes by quick. Going slower for a short moment the band contrast the burst of energy that is come on the second chorus. Alternating instrumentals and vocals fill the bridge. The band takes it slower on the ending of the song and kicks into the chorus one last time.

Lyrically the song talks about the modern use of social media and the pursuit of fame that has come with it, In the words of the band making everyone act shameless.  

What I like about this song is mostly the chorus, which just keeps stuck in your head, furthermore, there is the contrast the band gives by taking it slower right before the chorus to make it stand out even more.
 

Bones Exposed – Signs of Progress

ones Exposed – Signs of Progress

Opening with radio static effects before introducing pounding drums and rhythmic guitars, the first verse features poppy vocal flows and quickly flows into the chorus. Following the same blue print on the second verse the band has the same quick flow to the chorus. Taking things, a little different the bridge gives the instruments their time to shine, before going back into one last chorus.

Lyrically the song is about being in a hospital bed and the experience surrounding it, but this is only the service level, the lyrics can also be interpreted as being about mental health  struggles, or fear of the unknown.    

What I like about this song is the fast and energetic sound.

I Know You Hate It Alone – High Sierra Club

I Know You Hate It Alone – High Sierra Club

Starting right with the first chorus a line guitar and vocals can be heard before drums and louder guitar is added. The chorus gives the song an emotional edge which is strengthen by the use of group vocals. The second verse goes back to lone vocals but keeps a louder instrumentation. The bridge uses the multiple vocalists to give an interesting effect before getting out with some math-rock feeling guitars. The song ends with one last emotional chorus.

Lyrically the song seems to be convincing someone to stay, arguing that they hate it alone.

What I like about this song is how the use of instrumentation as well as to vocalist add to the emotional edge the song has.

 BBBBBB- All Doomed

BBBBBB- All Doomed

Kicking off with heavy guitars and hard-hitting drums, the band introduces screaming vocals on the first verse. The chorus takes it a little slower and has calm vocals building to the second verse. The band uses bass heavy instrumentation and a combination of vocal effects on the second verse. A second slower chorus follows, before a lone bass opens the bridge slowing adding more effects and instruments and building to a short breakdown before ending with one short chorus.

Lyrically the song seems to be mostly about lying to yourself.

What I like about this song is the contrasts between their choruses and verses as well as the way different instruments fill the forefront during the song.

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