AIR Review: Young
Lately, the taste for adventure has been on my tongue. This is most likely due to a series of events in my life at the moment, namely involving transition. Transition of weather into the warmer & more adventurous climate and transition of lifestyle. Although, the more that I think about it... this 'ever-so-transient' lifestyle is nothing foreign to me.
Air Review were brought to my attention one early morning this week in the wake of a heat wave. It was approximately 8am, the warm wind was blowing and the adventurous tune "Young" came across my speakers. The song starts off as a cheery, folk-pop ballad - heavily concentrated with hand claps, whistling and Douglas Hale's floaty vocals. Halfway through, the song transforms into an atmospheric song (fittingly as the video takes you through a journey in space) - where floaty soundscapes and heavy drums become more apparent. As the video takes you back down to earth, the track builds into a climatic anthem - where the booming sounds and crowds all gather, running through the fields and rejoicing - to me, what looks like the feeling of freedom. Possibly this video and song combination resonate well with me, because they symbolize my current state - aimlessly running through a field and embracing freedom (a feeling that is equally liberating and scary).
Hale's soft-spoken vocals are in the similar vein to those of Sam Beam, drizzled with an eclectic use of instruments and topped off with a healthy dose of synth beats; they like to call it "folk-tronic-dream-pop" but make your own assessment (or rather, genre). NPR had me at "A surreal adventure in storytelling that travels through cityscapes, landscapes [and] outer space" and the artistic direction of the video accompanied by the song cemented the deal.
Air Review were a product of several garage jam sessions in Dallas. After releasing some early material, they took a hiatus to hibernate and re-discover their sound. They have morphed their Brit-pop early years into a nostalgic and wistful art-folk-rock sound. They are currently in the studio, we look forward to hearing their next musical recipes.