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Manny Cabo Tries to Hold On in “Breakaway”

For fans of early 2000’s rock like Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, or Creed, “Breakaway”, the new single by Manny Cabo, is a must listen. Shifting seamlessly between hard rock guitar riffs and softly melodic arpeggios, it’s the kind of rock that spans an impressive range of emotions in a short time.

With breathy, exasperated lyrics leading the way, the deep sense of desperation is palpable. There’s desire fueled by fear of loss in each passing word. As the chorus swells to anthemic levels, the emotive qualities follow suit making for a cathartic listening experience that combines pop sensibilities and songwriting structures with the high-octane energy of hard rock.

“This is a heartfelt song that could be appreciated by someone who doesn’t wanna let go of their special someone” Cabo writes. “It’s a song about rekindling and holding on to the best moments of a relationship that have perhaps gone stale because of life’s challenges or distractions.”

At the very end, “Breakaway” takes a musical detour as it starts a downward spiral into more metal-esque territory. The engorged emotive state that’s been building finally hurls itself off the side of a cliff leaving the listener bracing for brutal impact. As Manny Cabo struggles to keep things together, the sense of gravity increases as we feel ourselves descending further into the depths of desperation.

“Breakaway is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture Playlist on Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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