Indie rock band, The Vultures, venture into uncharted territory with the title track off their upcoming album Escobar. Built upon the classic trio formation of guitar, bass, and drums, they hold down the main drive of the song as the light vocals dance atop of them with a careless sense of abandon.
With the addition of some ambient synthesizers to fill out the backspace of the song’s musical composition, there is a slight sense of psychedelia that comes through with this song while is also stays true to its pop rock roots and structures. You get the natural swells and drops that keep it dynamically interesting bring a sense of ease and joy. If it weren’t for the massive choruses this could work well as easy listening, but the band’s rock and roll nature keeps us electrified and engaged.
Some moments feel like a roller coaster, while others have a sense of wanderlust with a romantic sort of stargazing. With their sights set on a boundless horizon, The Vultures find a way to make their instrumental sound sprawling and expansive while their vocals and lyrics feel more naturally introspective. In fact, the lyrics seem to take a backseat in favor of something that is propelled entirely by feel within the vocals.
Even at its most explosive, the vocals of Escobar lean back and enjoy the highs and lows. It’s the kind of music that just feels good, and as they continue to move towards the release of the full album, it’s an indication that we can expect that same expansive sense of scale from the remainder of the songs to come.
“Escobar” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, and can be found on the Alchemical Records Multigenere Mixture playlist on Spotify.
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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