The Singers, an indie rock band from Rome, Italy, are at the beginning of something big, something that started only back in 2010. The group knew there was something missing in the Italian rock scene so they came together and forged a pure and honest sound that’s right at home even here in the states. I’d love to hear these guys cross over and become more prevalent. This self-titled album The Singers is a job damn well done.
“Toronto” has a great vocal blend and layering of keys as well as the buzzing pulse of guitar and excellently EQ’d bass prodding, and it’s all ear candy. With the slightest bit of driving force this song creates a few different rhythm choices, sparking new perspectives. The vocals on “Poncho-Cho” are immediately grabbing.
“Monsters” might be the best example of gentle and strong vocals complemented with the upper harmony. It’s set in a jubilant groove with the strings sending jabs at the heart and yet we’re not sure if there’s any reason to feel other than hopeful. This song captures the link between instrumentation and emotion. I’m very impressed by this level of songwriting.
“White Curse” says volumes in only a few seconds. The guitar tone and pining melody bring you to a place of reflection. It’s when artists can paint a story in a progression that they really own your ears. “Alice” begins with a nostalgic, playful music box and sweet soft strums of a pastorally applied guitar. The song rides on the colorful smoke of love’s memory. When the beat hits on “The Jester” the vocals nail the mark, whispers swirl in swelling pre chorus, in anticipation of breaking on the shores of a well-crafted refrain. The chorus plays more of a supporting role than a focal point in the song. I personally enjoy the character in the verses most, but you can’t ignore the trailing lyric, “Don’t clap your hands…” as band claps accompany the snare.
There’s irony and art in this group and it takes beautiful shape throughout this album.
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