Rating – 4/5
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Atmospheric sounds and jangly reverb abound in Estate’s latest release ‘Losing Myself’; it’s another strong effort from the Telford four-piece who added another string to their bow with this single being named as BBC Shropshire’s Track of the Week.
The hazy soundscape lends itself nicely to the lyricism which touches on dissociation and offers an introspective look at the group’s mental state. The vocals are delivered with a nice muted quality, but there’s room for dynamic range with the chorus which strays into the higher registers which verge on sounding almost strained. Indeed it seems the vocals are deliberately distorted at times to reflect the song’s lyrical content.
The guitar lines are kept melodically simple, backed up by heavy reverb and chorus work. The vocal harmonies behind the verse are a sweet addition that adds really nicely to the overall texture, not simply relying on the reverb to achieve that wavy, atmospheric quality.
It’s difficult to reinvent the wheel with this genre, the aesthetic is pretty much established so artists seek to set themselves apart with lyricism or hope to land on that one earworm of a hook. Estate goes some way to creating some separation with a muted acoustic outro with a vinyl crackle effect giving it distant sound; the auditory equivalent of someone with a faraway look in their eyes. It fits with the theme of the track and also would serve as a cool segue into the start of another song if the group were so inclined to use it that way.
For all the good ideas and clear musicianship, the band displays the track feels slightly underwritten and could definitely be refined into a tighter package. In all fairness, it’s a fine line to walk between achieving a sound that by its definition wants to appear loose and lackadaisical whilst also incorporating a tight structure that really grabs the listener’s attention. An unenviable task by no means, but as the group continues to progress and write more songs it’s something they could doubtlessly achieve.
Review by Theo Wildgoose