Grids & Dots – City Skies
Heartbreak music will always have an audience, yet it can only entertain one broken heart at a time. Just like a tool that is only designed to be used in one particular season, these kinds of songs struggle to maintain an audience when the souls of the audience are filled with joy and cheer.
Yet, if they wait long enough, everyone becomes their customer once more. It’s a gritty job writing songs for the brokenhearted and lonely souls, yet one that pays handsomely to the writer that can really scratch below the surface.
Grids & Dots’ City Skies digs deep. It’s the song that feels like the one lonely walk home after a break-up. Musically it relies on shoegaze and early Brit-pop groove, with melodic lines that sound like an old lover tossing notes through a barbed-wire fence. We all need a bit of relief sometimes and Grids & Dots are here to help.
So Long, Albatross – Miles Away
“Learn guitar riffs!” That’s my advice. Like some kind of eccentric investor guru, I look towards the less fashionable trends and see a future. The rock guitar riffs and powerful grooves that accompany them have no way of disappearing out of the landscape of modern music. And, besides, they are much easier to study and nick than more complex styles of songwriting.
Guitar riffs have become in recent years merely a sprinkling in a roast of electronic flourishes and soultry pop vocals. Yet, let loose and tailored to the modern pop production trends, they can facilitate a hit just like they’ve always been able to do.
So Long, Albatross’ Miles Away is one step into the hole and one step into the air, one foot into the past, and one in an unavoidable future. The song deals in sharp grooves laced with guitar might. It’s garage-punk music transformed into a dance trend and forced to strive to meet the requirements needed to reach the charts. And, for all of these, it is noteworthy and an example for the less ambitious rock crowds lounging about.