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The Electric Softness of “Colm’s Conquest” by Secondhand Sound

By Charlie Maybee

The Nashville alternative rockers, Secondhand Sound, are back with their moody new single “Colm’s Conquest”.

There are a lot of textures flying around in this new track as the band modulates between driving instrumental choruses and laidback verses. The vocals wail and echo with just a little bit of fuzz adding to expansive palette of sound. For fans of Interpol or Cage the Elephant’s more recent discography, this will be a must-listen that will softly electrify you

“What’s interesting about this song is that it’s a rare example of a Secondhand Sound song that didn’t originate on my acoustic guitar” reflects vocalist and songwriter Sawyer J. Estok, “Usually, I sit and pine over a song, specifically lyrics, for months. This one came really fast and that was refreshing”.

As the band comes into its own sense of electric drive, they continue to push into a melancholy lyricism that adds a nice contrast to the more peppy and upbeat moments. “Something I did made it out different” sings Estok at the end of the song, “I wish I could take it back / But I can’t take it back”. Though he starts out more confident in the beginning, the remorse and sadness take over by the end as drums cut out and leave us with the guitar and vocals lamenting into oblivion.

“Colm’s Conquest” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenere Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. 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. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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