But with Ali Kouri, Tiana Grandilli, and Stephanie Maier’s soothing vocal harmonies, the pain is painted in brilliant detail. Despite the hopelessness, there’s a calming sense that we’re not in this alone.
Cederic de Saint-Rome’s reserved drumming and Lou Raskin’s subdued bass gentle settle the nerves, allowing the trio to dip into vibrant and often terrifying metaphors.
“We’re drifting into the water,” they sing, a terrifying reminder of coastlines sinking cities. “Set me on fire,” they then command. It is both a literal reference to rising temperature but also a clarion call to spark action.
Every beat blasts the message with a driving rhythm that never overpowers the melodies. Even when the mournful violin solos during the bridge, there’s a hint of solace—all five band members are united, and so can we. Maybe there’s power in our collective rage after all.
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