SINGLE REVIEW: Cocktails And Cannabis by Rhett May
Cocktails And Cannabis is the new track for indie rock artist Rhett May. This renowned Australian musician, whose history is as compelling as his new track, has been part of the music scene for a while, with experiences that have seen him collaborating and touring with iconic groups from Queen to the Rolling Stones and even catching the interest of George Harrison and The Beatles label, Apple Records. This Grammy-nominated songwriter, guitarist, performer and vocalist is in fine form on this latest tune, mixing contemporary sonic and rhythmic elements with alternative rock and welding them into a commanding and enticing style. As well as blending these seemingly disparate musical forms into a cohesive whole, he’s also managed to neutralise a contentious subject matter and successfully translated it into a four-minute slice of superlative indie rock, complete with hooks, thought-provoking and mirthful lyrics and memorable musical performances. How does he do this? Well, for starters he’s utilised a hip-hop beat and threaded that to some smooth and soaring guitar lines, created a chorus hook and delivered the lyric in an indelible, impassioned manner. It’s a little quirky yet hypnotically arresting, seizing your ears with a tongue-in-cheek lyric and maintaining that hold with some exemplary playing and tasteful counter melodies. And to top it all off, it grooves, the governing drum parts help to nudge the song into a contemporary soundscape with systematic ease. The lyric’s duel attraction is the way it emphasises the personal with the more general connotations of the title, as Rhett sings, ‘Cocktails and Cannabis, I get high looking into your face,’ it’s a kind of love song, ambiguous, ambitious and daring. The genre-bending nature of this track will no doubt sustain Rhett’s standing as a seriously impressive musical artist, and the hooks and playful nature of the song will surely see it get added to a vast array of radio and streaming playlists.
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