Dead Poet Society graze your ears and grab your attention with their new single Touch. It flaunts high production quality, slowly plunging you into the song with static and chanting, each gradually increasing in volume until the vocals whisper the title. The fuzzy guitar riff crashes in with the bass coordinating underneath to create a massively catchy combination, certainly swaying any body to the cloudy yet uplifting movement of the melody.
As the verse meanders toward the end, the drum adds in extra hits, pressurizing the tune until the hook blasts in to relieve the tension. The bass deviates in the lead up to the chorus, rhythmic hits around the chant before sliding and quickly climbing up at moments to add in color before the singer pauses to emphasize, ‘Touch…‘ The second pause leads up to the husky murmur of ‘Me,’ extremely effective at building anticipation and dripping with sexual innuendo, a technique often utilized (and done well) throughout the song.
The guitar breakdown towards the two-minute mark releases some tension wth reverb soaked and almost psychedelically abrupt hits. The production ends on a bass note, my favorite kind of instrumental timbre and appropriate for such a bass centered song (I’m a bassist so I can always appreciate a good bass line).
The entire anthem provides this elusive feeling of being on the edge, straddling these animalistic urges inherent to being alive, alongside the celestial steadiness of song. Music, especially the raw, groovy rock of DPS, taps into the chaos of emotion while still balancing the soul with proportion and symmetry, the likes of which humans are so captivated by. The California-based band will play at The Study in Hollywood on June 20 and I recommend anyone in the Los Angeles area to come check out these rising flames (I’ll definitely be attending).