fbpx
Slow Coda

Lazily travel back to the ’90s with Slow Coda’s “Gap Year”

Taking a year to figure things out set to nostalgic ’90s vibes with an ethereal falsetto.

UNXIGNED is independently run by a team of freelance writers and music curators helping underrated artists get the attention they deserve and guilt-tripping fans into checking out the irresistible. Help us keep the lights on with your riches, you lucky mortals or, better yet, give it to the most needy.

With a reversed loop ramping up in volume, Slow Coda open the second single from their upcoming debut LP, World of Motion. “Gap Year” floats in a carefree, upbeat river of ’90s nostalgia. Looking back at a “wasted year” spent figuring out what life should be, songwriting duo Tavis Balkin and Nicholas Morford relate to being the slacker wishing change didn’t have to happen.

“The days go by. My head grows up beneath the trees. Just hanging around.” The lackadaisical lyrics reflect on the tranquility that’s soon to be shattered by whatever next step you choose. “Did it ever occur to you that this is about to end?” they ask themselves.

Best new tracks

Freddy Hall - Something Good Freddy Hall – “Something Good” May 16, 2021 by Ben McCoy
Coopertheband - 1952 Coopertheband – “1952” June 11, 2021 by Ben McCoy

But while the realization sinks in, the music video remains in early MTV days. Vibrant colors desaturated and filled with film grain bleed off the musicians. Rough cut photoshop collage sets stages and intermingles with the scenes. Even the guitars’ timbre feels like a ’90s grunge-lite bed for the ethereal falsetto lyrics to build from.

See also  UNXIGNED Highlights: The Village

The inward reflection and reassessment feel perfectly suited for a band called Slow Coda. As the “Gap Year” ends, this section of life comes to a close. It’s not the final chapter, just a preparation for the next section.

Watch “Gap Year” below.

Support UNXIGNED

Support independent music journalism. Support UNXIGNED.

UNXIGNED is all about the indie. As an independently run music and artist discovery blog, UNXIGNED's core values are founded on the belief that music, being a universal language and an essential part of culture, must be celebrated no matter the scene an artist represents. It is our mission at UNXIGNED to help deserving indie artists—seasoned and new—be heard globally and to produce quality content for readers and listeners to enjoy.

If you approve of this cause and wish to show your support for its upkeep and furtherance, you may do so by making a donation in any amount. Bless you.

If you're in the Philippines and have GCash, you may send your donation by scanning our QR Code through your GCash app.

We understand that not everyone is in the position to donate, given the most pressing problem we all face these days. Alternatively, you can show some love by simply spreading the word about UNXIGNED and the music you care about.

Leave a Reply

UNXIGNED

Highlighting the finest of underrated music.

Grow with us!

Region