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SINGLE REVIEW: Life’s A Journey by Saba Brothers

The Saba Brothers have wasted no time getting this track, their second single, out there, and it’s easy to understand why. Their previous single Walk Away, managed to secure radio airplay across the country from the get-go, and this has created a solid foundation on which the young band can broaden their audience base and develop a pathway into the next phase of their trajectory. Where Walk Away was a rousing, indie emo pop flavoured record, Life’s A Journey is the sound of a band in a reflective mood. It’s a bittersweet ode to self-discovery yet maintains the edge of a rock group, albeit one restrained and mindful. The lyrics are candid, sanguinely honest yet refreshing and in the context of their genre, a persuasive attempt to widen their sound and story. The opening guitar strums might lead one to think a more sombre tune ensues, but by the time the pre-chorus build up comes around, it’s clear there’s a more uplifting tone the band want to pursue. The melodic arc is subtle, but the chorus does reach a satisfying point, most notably via the chorus tags and the subsequent accents and stops and starts. The dynamic nature of these parts gives the song a musical breadth and depth it would otherwise perhaps not have, though this aspect, together with the sophomoric lyric create a surprisingly weighty pop-infused tune. There is an innocence to the band’s sound, which is perhaps reminiscent of early Silverchair, or 5 Seconds of Summer, yet it’s somewhat more demure and with production values that leave room for development and maturity. Nonetheless, all the ingredients are here: a fine vocal, a direct and raw lyric and performances which don’t overstep their mark and retain that all-important quality of fun, and the kind which is transferable and enjoyable.

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