Friday, April 23, 2021

Reflection? Sunsets don’t always signal an end, who knows what’s waiting, when ‘Leaving on the Next Train’.

Felix and the Sunsets center their latest musical venture around the notion that explores the ideas concerning hidden opportunities and escape. Felix and The Sunsets have seemingly welcomed a feeling of joyous sentiment into their music.

‘Leaving on the Next Train’ focuses on Sean Logan's piano riff inside the nucleus of this psychedelic stare, gazing into the past that differs from the evenly paced smooth rock tones, infused from their EP’, ‘This Will Change’, which has interestingly already seen ‘The Mushroom Song’ evolve into a single.

Felix and The Sunsets have made their presence felt since the start of the Leith-based group’s dreamy gaze into the depths of musical acclaim in 2018. The Sunsets are a direct depiction of brilliant chance, found so common within the music industry.

Felix and The Sunsets were conceived from the original solo project of Felix Christie in 2018, however, members of a former band, ‘Aykara’ joined alongside Felix’s brother Lukas, birthing a small collection of neo-psychedelic indie rock music. The collective now is being fuelled by independent music audiences.

Right from the offset, ‘Leaving on the Next Train’ does well to capture the listeners' ongoing desire for escapism encapsulated by a very ‘swing’ orientated piano riff. The consistent piano motif encourages the reflection into one’s thoughts that surround life and the underlying longing for more within the confines of a narrative that is very much cyclical regarding the issues that commonly seem to compose themselves. The fragmented rhythm maintains a constant strut, until the song soars into flames, as frontman Felix Christie allows his desire for change to illuminate the walls of the collective's new single.

There is no doubt that this composition has been influenced by the winds that have seemed to blow the disasters and fallout of the COVID 19 pandemic. Jonnie Wallace gives an opportunity for the verses of the song to be distinguished in a progressively exciting light. The drum fills are dotted in places, allowing the indie timbre of syncopated drums to dance lovingly with the sharp shimmering guitar solos that seem to fit the song's musical trademark. These are done in a similar way to some of the great British rock bands throughout the sixties. Jonnie Wallace seems to mimic the sound of something approaching within the drums present throughout the song, there is a clear rise and fall present within the song’s makeup.

With Sean Logan's arrival, the drums emphatically complement the warmth in the guitar squeal, as well as the lyrics that construct a clear image of escaping the shell of who you feel like you are expected to be in modern society.

The independent music group bred out of Scotland is seemingly flourishing into a band of real promise, a group who are willingly looking to expand amidst the musical bed of garage and neo-psychedelic music which they occupy. With such a warmth that engrosses the group's sound, it is not out of the question to see the band having a level of significance.

Thomas Mitchell

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