SINGLE REVIEW: Can I Have This Dance? by Saba Brothers
The Saba Brothers kicked off 2019 with a great track Smile, which followed on from a string of prior releases including Life’s A Journey which introduced the trio from Sydney to the rest of the country and beyond. They’re back with their new release Can I Have This Dance? a song that has all hallmarks of a break-out track: assured performances, a refined sound that retains the band’s authentic warm style and a lyric and melody that aims straight for the heart. Their trademark indie pop-rock sound has undergone a slight change, yet it’s a change that represents a maturity that comes from having spent time touring, recording and writing.
Can I Have This Dance? is the sound of a young band coming of age. Beginning with some beautiful acoustic guitar work, the song builds until the chorus with its heart on the sleeve refrain and poignant reflections. It’s a love song and a whole lot more. The arrangement takes a few chances, especially with the instrumental break after the second chorus but it all works, as this break leads into a stripped back verse which reaffirms the catchy aspects of the melody. If there’s one thing about the boys’ new track that’s evident; their capacity to write alluring yet streamlined melodies had been finely-tuned. The result is a contemporary sound that harnesses many styles yet feels familiar and unique at the same time. Within the framework of their organic style, they’ve managed to produce a polished and world-class record which will no doubt take them to the next level. The lyric here is one of the most affecting aspects, it’s very direct and relatable without becoming too earnest, a result of the driving sentiment of the song coming from a genuine place.
This song covers many genres and if radio responds in the way they usually do to a new Saba Brothers release there’s every reason to believe Can I Have This Dance? will be the hit that will have an enormous impact on the band’s growing profile.
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