Thursday, April 28, 2022

Declan Welsh and The Decadent West strike out with fast-paced ‘Impermanency’

Declan Welsh and The Decadent West have earned themselves a name as indie-rock juggernauts since their arrival in 2017, and now the four-piece from Glasgow have unveiled their newest single. ‘Impermanency’ begins with a high-speed and somewhat Joy- Division-influenced riff.

It draws you in with its familiarity and rapid tempo before the track expands and develops further - bringing in a twinkling synth to contrast with the heavier bass tones. The single focuses on the short-lasting affect a human life has on the greater world around them, and the singer's desire to invoke a lasting legacy.

It’s definitely one of the band’s heavier tracks - both in its lyrics as well as its sound. The song transitions briefly into a harder noise as it reaches its climax and during this harder-hitting segment, the singer details his frustrations in lines like “There’s things that I cannot control” and “There’s no escape from the silence and darkness”. The single manages to slowly develop, refining its intricacies and building from the solid foundation set down by the funky walking bass and solid drum riffs.

Declan Welsh and the Decadent West continue to impress, proving themselves as accomplished wordsmiths as well as fantastic musicians. ‘Impermanency’ is a track that manages to develop throughout its short runtime, and with its fast-paced riffs and catchy chorus - we'll be finding ourselves jumping and shouting “Impermanency!” for a while to come. 

Liam Russell
Image: ‘Impermanency’ Official Single Cover

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