By Kavit Sumud | January 8th, 2013
Right out of the gate, this track begins with some high caliber “Pressure.” The music blasts from your speakers, carrying the lyrics “I’ve been knee deep in trouble/Trying to staying afloat ” straight to your frontal cortex, demanding your attention. But what’s so brilliant about this track is it doesn’t feel the urge to keep that energy up throughout.
Instead, the track rises and falls, utilizing some very Diplo-esque drops to simulate the real life pressure of a long seething anxiety, rather than a moment of straight fight or flight syndrome. Featuring no fewer than two drops, the song segments itself to fool the listener into expecting a relief that will never come.
The ‘pressure’ is never specified, which strengthens the track even more by allowing the listener to adopt his or her own histories to the track. But what is clear is that whatever that pressure is — be it hard fought for goals, the law or the consequences of poor choices — it’s keeping the singer disconnected, unable to love someone he clearly would “in another lifetime.” His emotive singing and this style of lyricism reminds me of Stateless in all the best ways.
This track was actually introduced onto the web about a year ago, but the band allowed the song to flow to listeners organically, trying to see the way music spreads in this day of the indie blogosphere. I remember reading about it back in October on the Erratic Man, but it wasn’t until Disco Naïveté pointed out their new YouTube video that it stuck enough for me to review.
Give the band some love on their SoundCloud if you like the track.