I was pretty taken aback when reading about ReLove. They say “ReLoVe is not just a band but a way of life. With a roster of rotating artists in their ranks, they aim to not only entertain through their gloriously summery retro-pop and reggae soul gems, but also to give back to the poorest sections of the communities where they perform.” I mean how on earth can you not support a band like this?
The band released a four-song EP entitled Music on a Mission! which sounds like the title. I’d say this is some of the most optimistic and hopeful music that I have heard. It’s almost like the band refuses to have any dark forces enter their musical igloo. It’s all yin and no yang, all order and no chaos. Those aren’t very good analogies but you get the gist of it.
The EP starts with “Fly Away” and combines organ, bass, drums, xylophone and more. There is a lot of instrumentation. The song is very catchy and has the same kind of quality I hear when going to Disney and seeing one on their live musical performances. I mean this song really does have that quality and feels like it would be completely appropriate to bring your seven-year-old to something like this. People are clapping, it’s ridiculously upbeat and just all about positivity. With lyrics like “imagine anything is possible” I think there is a lot of appeal across the broad and it is age appropriate for really just about anyone.
“Shining Through” is basically a reggae song that’s put through the lens of optimism. Ok, yes, reggae is classically sort of laid back and positive but this song is about never ending infinite love and apparently not dying either.
“Stand On Love” starts off more subdued and nostalgic than anything that came before. There is a meditative quality to this song, almost new age sounding at times. It builds and becomes quite epic with a lot of instrumentation including calming flamenco guitar.
The reggae vibe is back on “Who Calls?” This in my opinion was the highlight and the positive vibes were a little pulled back on this one. I liked the male and female vocals which sounded a bit like something from Talking Heads.
If you want to embrace the dark, well this might not be for you. This songs are undeniably playing into hopeful and positive emotions. They want to turn on the lights.
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