“Back on Our Streets” is an exceptional single from Swedish vocal trio Spring City and a likely harbinger of what we can expect from the group’s soon to be released debut EP. It begins life as an almost a straight folk song centered on the singing and guitar, but Spring City gradually transforms it into a full on band performance without ever sacrificing any of its initial delicacy. There are subtle shifts throughout the song’s structure that makes it an even more entertaining and interesting number. Once the percussion comes in, the insistent pulse of “Back on Our Streets” only grows but never becomes omnipresent. Instead, it gives the performance a strong spine around which Spring City wraps shimmering musical textures.
The acoustic guitar during the song’s first half has a bell-clear sound and sharp melodic attributes that almost acts a fourth vocal in the song’s sound. It takes on a more effervescent sound with the song’s evolution, but the guitar remains a constant presence in the track and contributes much to its overall quality. The vocals transform over the course of the song as well. There’s very little post production effects laid over the vocals except during the moments the three singers harmonize, but even those moments aren’t too pronounced. Instead, it enhances the song and never risks the self indulgence so often preying on similar acts.
There’s a rousing, inspired quality to the song that never goes overboard. This quality only grows stronger with the tempo increase and the expanded sound as the song progresses and the singers manifest the same feel without ever overshadowing the arrangement. Spring City’s lyrics for “Back on Our Streets” has a seemingly personal thrust that seems to up the stakes for the group’s singers and they throw themselves into the performance with the sort of passion you’d expect from autobiographical material.
The verses typically feature a single vocalist and there’s uniformity to the phrasing that dramatizes the song in a good way. Spring City never overplays the song’s themes thus sparing us from any potential melodrama and, instead, the balanced approach to bringing “Back On Our Streets” off makes it all the more effective. It’s easy to imagine the trio turning in an excellent live performance of the song as well. It’s ideal for translating to the stage thanks to the song’s perfect length and never threatens to tax listeners’ attention.
Spring City’s journey began long ago when the three singers, Annielle, Noomi, and Miah met as children and sang in church together. Life took them in different directions, but they obviously understood the special musical connection they share and the exponential growth they’ve experienced since first forming Spring City in March, 2018 testifies to their chemistry. “Back On Our Streets” promises that the group’s artistic future will be dazzling and Spring City will be with us for years to come. They have the depth, talent, and charisma to appeal to a wide audience and we can only expect them to continue growing from this song forward.