With spring in full swing and classes winding down, people may find solitude in listening to something poppy and fun as summer gets more within reach. Electronic rock band Breathe Carolina’s new album Savages accomplishes this while giving listeners something to tap their foot to and sing along.
The album opens with the strong track “Bury Me”, which is a little slow to start but catches your attention with the electronic effects after a short time. The heavy bass and effects in the beginning somewhat remind me of something artists like Daft Punk or Benny Benassi would do. By the time the chorus comes around, listeners are taken on a mental field trip back to the 1980s with a vocal style that almost resembles Michael Jackson to a certain extent.
The album turns heavy with the third track “Sellouts”. From beginning to end, this song has my full attention. It features guest vocals from Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria, which is a perfect fit for the mood of the track. Worsnop and Breathe Carolina vocalist David Schmitt have a way of complementing each other’s differing styles to produce what I believe to be the strongest track on the album. BC’s intentions are clear-cut within the lyrics, that they don’t intend on selling out to anyone. This much can be felt in the lines “I didn’t do it just to make you happy/ I do it for the ones still clapping.”
Listeners don’t need to go any further than the track “Shadows” to see how fun the album can be. The track contains an infectious chorus and electronic rhythm that complements it incredibly well. This is a good track to turn up while driving around town with the windows down.
Another strong track with guest vocals worth noting is “Chasing Hearts”, featuring guest vocals from Tyler Carter of Issues. What makes the track so strong is the way it stands on its own through drawing inspirations from a variety of genres, including soul, hip-hop, R&B and electronic rock. It can sometimes be risky for artists to try tackling too many genres and still make it work within one track, but Breathe Carolina found a good medium to make the quick-paced electronic chorus stay stuck in the listener’s head.
Though Breathe Carolina created an album that’s a little poppier than previous efforts, they did a good job of making Savages interesting and fun to listen to. With this being the first album that backing vocalist Kyle Even isn’t a part of, it’s understandable that fans would be skeptical about how the album will sound. However, both longtime fans and new listeners of Breathe Carolina should be able to find something within the album they’ll enjoy.