The realm of the melodramatic, to me, has always been a dangerous realm to explore. There are many pitfalls and slippery slopes; pigeon holes might be more accurate. The road that travels through it is straight and narrow, but the road is not singular; It branches off into many tributaries. These pump blood through the wasteland that is modern music. When it comes to top 40, lets face it; if it’s not snap rap, or a freak funk fuck party anthem, it’s most likely a huge tower of slickened emotion, lyrically and sonically oozing with sentiment. Sadly, this emotion doesn’t usually result in quality art (from Nickle-Creed to Rihanavanessance.) There is danger in dabbling with such melodramatic melodies, but if one can escape the listeners (me) likely leanings they can come out on top.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but it’s that small distance that makes all the difference. We all know the top 40 has no style (nor substance), but this new track from Martyrs is steeped in it. An imaginative downtempo synthetic production sound like a grittier Purity Ring, with some lo-fi distorted vocals on top, soaring through a radio-worthy melody. They’re truly not a far cry from their mass-consumed radio contemporaries, but it’s the little details that make all the difference.