In my few years now as a reviewer, I’ve noticed how not only in movies but in other art fields like Art, TV and even music there has been this great increase on what I would like to call “throwback art”. Basically there’s been a big wave of artists that have been highly influenced by the old sounds and overall things from back one to five decades or more. Some play it subtly and add layers or elements while others (Bruno Mars comes to mind) have been fully bringing some big sounds from the past in its entirety.
Quantum Split double track is somewhere in between this new wave and modern sounds – the first track, for example, America, doesn’t feels so old yet they are certain elements in some of the instrumental decisions that gives it a very early ’00 texture. The lyrics though feels very close to home as they deal with some of the immigrant issues the Northern nation it’s facing up though it also tackles some internal identity themes.
“Runaway” follows in some way the same structure as its predecessor. Again, Soleil Laurent sings her heart off as she express her desire to escape the harsh reality she and many of us are facing off these days. The music dives into more dramatic, grungy waters rather than the Hard Rock from the previous single.
There isn’t really any negative thing to say about the band and these songs. Probably if I had a nitpick it would be the fact that sometimes the song feels a bit empty. Though towards the ends the whole band comes together into one, in between it feels like there’s something missing to the song. It feels somewhat incomplete. Aside from that, the songs are really great and everyone puts a good effort into their craft.
Criteria - 75%
Overall, these four Berklee students definitely learn out something and didn't leave the prestigious university empty handed. While it isn't flawless, you can definitely there's a great band with enormous potential in the making. Hopefully they will get to find the enough success and funding enough to lock themselves into a great studio and not only put together what definitely could be a great album, but also a better fleshed out record. In the meantime, don't wait for your favourite mainstream radio introduce you to them and get to meet and dive into their music now.