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If you're looking for something different, Recess could be the band for you.
Recess formed in 2008, when their lead vocalist was only 8 years old, and now, ten years later they've finally began releasing music after years of finding a sound which "really reflected them". For a band so young, their sound is so mature and solid, which is probably due to their years of self-discovery.
It's significant that they chose to wait so long before realising their first EP (Boundary Lane). In my opinion, it shows a dedication to creating something meaningful that they can stand by for years to come and be proud of. It tells me they only want to give the highest standard of art they can give.
The band describe their music as, "genuine, from the heart, pulled from the deepest depths of the band's thoughts, and, most of all, fun and enjoyable."
The release of 'Leaving Home', which is their first single from their upcoming sophomore EP (From Dust To Gold), is a perfect example of these qualities combined.
The first thing to catch my ear was their choice to use a classical sounding string section in the song. It's a huge part of the song and acts as a base upon which the song is built upon. The sound is rich and warm but doesn't lack interest by any means. the quick, clean strokes inspire a great energy and rush of excitement, while the lower section gives quick drops of depth and further raises anticipation, then glides seamlessly lower, then higher giving added interest and feeling of being rocked gently as though on some kind of ship. It's a wonderfully thought out and clever introduction, adding some drama to the experience without overpowering or outshining the band when they join in. The elements compliment each other.
When the band come in, it's a gradual process which allows you to appreciate each layer of sound. First come the vocals over the strings, carrying a sense of purpose and determination which suits the lyrics which seem to tell of life on the road, heading out into the world and playing shows. The music builds with more voices forming harmonies, once again giving a chance to appreciate this new, subtle but sweet element before the entrance of the band as a whole is announced by the gradual rising of the strings in pitch, which increases intensity, before the sound drops for just a moment, before we're picked up again, the sound lifting us before we can hit the ground.
The drums somehow sound like they're calling you along, giving a sense of action that makes me picture rolling scenery as though from a movie montage, driving the characters forward across strange lands. The balance between high energy and feeling of being uplifted by the sound, and the steady beat keeping you grounded is perfect for this story.
Maybe I'm just reading too much, but I think even without meaning to you can be illustrative and set scenes like this with music. Given the experience that Recess have had already, though, I think that they were aware of the effect that at least some of these elements have. I think it was intentional.
Whether you agree with my analysis or share the imagery conjured in my mind by this song, you can't deny it sounds fantastic.
Recess are just getting started and I believe that they have a huge amount of potential that's yet to be explored. I feel certain that whatever they're bringing to us in 'From Dust To Gold' and whatever future creations, it's going to be worth listening to. They're a band to watch for sure. You can listen to 'Leaving Home' here.
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