Now that I’m over the hump of running Steadfast Festival, I’m ready to introduce you properly to some songs I’m really stoked about, rather than just add them to our Spotify playlist (though you should definitely follow it!).
CHAII – “Digebasse (Enough)”: Obviously I need more Persian grooves in my life. That’s how I feel after watching this music video. The song bops with a hip-hop sensibility, existing in a genre-bending ethereal realm. I also can’t help but think that this sort of song must be rebellious in that part of the world—women of color that make this sort of experimental music are underrepresented as it is, let alone within this cultural context. This context doesn’t add or detract from the artistic merit of the song, but it definitely adds to my appreciation. And it’s just a freaking banger! Anyone can listen and take away encouragement in being proud of who you are. The switch offs between English and Farsi make a nice touch, too.
Death Therapy – “Feels Like Fiction”: In the past we’ve covered Death Therapy as part of our Audiofeed preview series. They’ve been touting the release of this genre-defying single for awhile. It definitely exists within the alt-metal realm fans already know, but the industrial element is more pronounced than ever. This leans heavily in the direction of Ryan Clark/Randy Torres collaboration NYVES, which isn’t a bad thing. The chorus has the best hook I’ve heard from Death Therapy thus far, and the guest appearance from Silent Planet’s Garrett Russell is dripping with urgency (I’d expect nothing less).
Sunsleeper – “Soften Up”: It’s been a minute since I’ve had an emo song catch my ear. Sunsleeper hold true to their name here—they give us a song with hints of brighter days, but it masks the hope within reality. The hope isn’t gone, just covered for the moment. The bridge of the song (and change in time signature) seem to hint that the angst is only temporary. The song ends on the bridge, leaving us with a sort of cliffhanger. It kind of forces your mind to think outwardly and not be stuck in the rut.
A Brilliant Lie – “Unwoven”: In high school, I was introduced to bands like Flyleaf, Fireflight, and the like. Listening to this track takes me back to summers of watching the TVU top 10 music video countdown. Does anyone remember a Facedown Records band called Flee the Seen? This song has a massive hook and does a fantastic job at mixing angst with triumph—something that sounds like it doesn’t make sense, but you’ll just have to listen to see what I mean.
Dead Bars – “I’m a Regular”: This is a unique, loud sludgy brand of punk that has me cranking it loudly in my earbud headphones. I’m flirting with tinnitus, and songs like this make the risk seem worth it. The song is ultimately about perseverance and how there is comfort in the camaraderie you find with people that stick with you through the good and the bad. I sense the metaphor in that big melody hiding behind all the feedback of the guitars—it’s a thrilling effect.