PROOF! (kinda) these songs are awesome [single reviews]
The New Schematics – “Prove Me Wrong”: The New Schematics have ditched a classy throwback vibe for an equally classy, yet whimsical aesthetic that is as heartwarming as it is entertaining. This song is the second release of this new era of the band, and it acts as a proper follow up to “Who Do You Think You Are?” This song feels like it’s coming from a band that is settled into their new identity and confident where they’re headed, though the listener might not have the full picture yet. There aren’t too many bells and whistles, and the song isn’t what some would call massive. Yet, there are enough nuggets to keep the listener coming back for more.
Denmark Vessey – “Trustfall”: Produced by none other than Earl Sweatshirt, this single swirls somewhere in the recesses of the listener, seemingly still in motion in the mind of the author. The song conveys a sense of mania and uncertainty, yet does so in that earworm-inducing, enjoyable sort of way. The song leans into the darkness but ends before going completely into the void. The single comes from an EP of aptly labeled “eccentric raps,” which is entitled Sun Go Nova.
Snow Patrol – “Don’t Give In”: The first thing that comes to mind when watching the video for this song is that the band seems a little haggard, in sound and in look. A raw sound and vocal quickly gives way into a thundering groove reminiscent of a retro-sounding Imagine Dragons. The chorus is urgent and feels more like a command than gentle encouragement. It’s a stern anthem for the masses. “Chasing Cars” this ain’t.
Digisaurus – “Escapades”: “I don’t want my head to keep spinning,” Digisaurus brainchild James Allison bemuses, on his latest single. The disco-inspired electropop project progresses with yet another full-band sounding earworm. The song would be right at home in a discotheque of old. Ya know, someone should rebuild one of those, retrofit it with extra bass for when Excision decides to throw down on a secret show, and add in a bunch of headphones for a silent disco. The first song on that silent disco playlist will be this song, since the whole point is to escape from the world around you into music for a bit.
Captain Kidd – “Limit”: After being told repeatedly by guitarist Eric Blaha that their next single would be “different,” I knew I was in for a ride on “Limit.” Within seconds, I found myself thinking “this reminds me of Glass Animals.” It’s not a knock-off by any means, but the ambience is the same. The pivot in sound after the first chorus is unexpected and fun. I always enjoy some unexpected darkness in a song, haha. The analog synth is a welcome addition that will make any fan of Stranger Things swoon.