Rigoletto has a knack for writing songs that keep you hooked regardless of your beliefs. In their new single “All We Fell,” they maintain that skill while somehow finding a way to make it “muchier” – for lack of a better term (thank you, Alice in Wonderland).
“All We Fell” starts off with drums and guitar, the drums adding flavor to the otherwise calming ambiance of the guitar. The song gets an eerie feel from the bee-like scale down on guitars, with the layering of octaves making it even more sinister. The main focus then shifts to the lyrics, which are cleverly religious in a La Dispute-like narrative style, written well enough to make you feel like the central character reaching for that “shot in the dark.” The vocals in the chorus are very Serial Sleeper-ish, due to the high range and harmonies.
If you are more a fan of the music than the words, the emotion is clearly portrayed through the musicianship, particularly the bending of guitar strings and echo-y effects, which take center stage in the bridge.
But wait, that’s not all. You’ve been building up anticipation for the past three minutes, there must be more! And there is quite the dissonant breakdown around the corner. This is when the guitarists come out of hiding and really do their damage. The bone-chilling strings that were supplying the mood before are more than one bent note, and the drums and bass follow darkly behind.
For a band made up of members as young as they are, Rigoletto shows the maturity and talent of one that has been at it for years. If there was any doubt in your mind of their capability to keep it going, “All We Fell” will squash it.