One of the more integral elements in the new single from Jeremy Rice, “Arriianne,” is undeniably its monstrous drumming, which essentially serves to bring all of the eclectic loose-ends in the string play together in a singular harmony without boxing the girth of the melodies into a predictably poppy gallop. Rice navigates the thick channels between the grooves with incredible precision, rattling off verses that reflect the adrenaline of the beat in their urgency, and as sonically intricate as the track is, there aren’t any complications in its fluid structure. Of all the angular pop songs to debut this summer, this is actually one of the more classical in its delivery, and more importantly, its design.
I’ve never found lyrics to be an essential component to making a good pop song, but that doesn’t matter in “Arriianne;” both in instrumentation and in verse, this is a composition that is as in-depth and solid as I would expect a more expansive progressive rock suite to be. I don’t know that Rice was trying to make his words the crown jewel of this track, but he definitely took the time to sort out the narrative that he was trying to convey through the prose he employed here (which isn’t always the case with up and coming pop musicians).
It would have been awesome to hear just a little more bass out of the master mix, but it’s a totally forgivable offense when considering what Jeremy Rice was probably trying to create in this single. “Arriianne” isn’t surreal per-say, but it’s unquestionably outside of the mainstream style of melodicism that a lot of his rivals have been playing with in both Canada and the United Kingdom recently. If he was attempting complete efficiency incarnate, he’s definitely hitting the mark in this song and even more so in its music video.
Jeremy Rice is doing his part to make indie rock great again in “Arriianne,” and I believe that pop fans and alternative connoisseurs alike will find its sexy string parts to be some of the better material out this September. Legendary Fist of Takinawa isn’t out yet, but it’s rightly getting a lot of accolades through the release of its first single, which could be the most buzzed-about song that Rice has stamped his name on since he first came to the attention of critics years ago. There’s still a ways to go, but he’s doing what he has to do to make a big splash this season – and sounding chiller than ever before in “Arriianne.”