“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.” This sort of nautical adage hearkens back to quite literal biblical times, and it’s a sentiment the shows how time and context are interwoven in ways that might seem contradictory.
“Red Sky” is the first proper single off MYFEVER’s first LP, and it’s certainly a bold reintroduction. The album was recorded back in 2020 and has been locked away in some cellar, in the style of The Cask of Amontillado, though perhaps not quite to the same fate. Instead, the album’s announcement is a sonic Kool-Aid Man bursting through the brick walls without abandon.
The song wrestles with the duality of the creative process. Is it worth making anything? Will people receive it? Am I gaslighting myself into thinking this is good? How do I get past this drought of ideas? But just as assuredly, the winds die, the clouds break, and the progress moves forward. It seems fitting for an album whose release has stalled due to moving, having children, and more. And the nautical theme certainly calls to the band’s familiarity with the ocean.
Musically, it’s a pretty energetic flavor of indie rock. Keys and programmed drums kick things off, giving the track a bit of a lofi vibe. But more layers add in quickly as the track shows its full colors. By the first chorus, guitar is front and center. Things scale back a bit for the next verse, though it’s lusher and fuller than the first. Weston Hine’s voice floats of the instrumentation, breaking into falsetto here and there when appropriate. And during the bridge, things take a more alt-rock, jammy type turn. It’s hard to place the track exactly, as it’s neither too commercial nor too obscure, but perhaps it lives in some space between The Killers and The Strokes. Whatever the case might be, MYFEVER continue to prove their merit as seasoned songwriters, and if the rest of the album follows suit, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye open.