Off The Record – ALBUM FOCUS – Is It You, Is It Me, Dustbowl Revival

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at the latest album by Dustbowl Revival – Is It You, Is It Me

 

Sonic Boom

This song is a slow one on the album but the music construction is really interesting and the way that strings and brass instruments have been used throughout to create a metaphorical emotion through the song is really interesting. The chorus and the way that it is sung has a really interesting echo style effect because the way that the male and female singer are in different octaves it creates a wonderful contrast. I like the fact that the song is called Sonic Boom as it feels to me that when you realise how clever this song is, that moment has already passed.

 

Mirror

The way the string instruments are plucked throughout this track creates a really melodic introduction to this song. It allows you to hear the emotion that is being depicted in the lyrics and as the music becomes more developed these heighten. Two thirds of the way though the song there is a wonderful instrumental section that is calming and really beautiful as the brass instruments intertwine through the strings. A perfect song for a summers day.

 

Ghost

The main hero in this song is the brass instruments they break up the song and it creates a huge impact on the listening experience. I would say this is one of the most interesting songs on the album as it has a lot of layers musically and I think it would be one of those songs you would desperately want to hear live as there are so many elements. The lyrics are poetic and compliment the way the music jumps from one style to the next.

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