Kelsey Marchman grabs attention from the offset for this single, with rhythmically engaging, electronically charged vocals, and a powerful sense of rising anticipation both lyrically and musically.
The immense and creatively unique Better Late Than Never draws you in with ease as these quickly memorable lyrical patterns lay bare a conceptual story-line – which seems to draw upon personal reflections as much so as the more vague, all-inclusive references to progression and self-improvement.
Building up slowly from that initial intrigue, the song goes on to drop in with a brilliant fusion of organic rock and electronic fuzz. This rising chord pattern contrasts cleverly with the rise and subtle fall of the melody, and this movement is later resolved beautifully by the choir-like unity and instrumental weight and warmth of the hook.
Here things really explode into life, the lyrics intriguing further, calling out to those who overthink, allowing lines like Silence is killing me to reach out and linger long after listening. Elsewhere, fragments like Suffocating and Nightmare stand with equal strength, right before a sense of unity again arises with the final prospect of bringing everyone together.
Meanwhile, the soundscape is explosive, complete with cascading guitar solos and vocal oohs that light up the outer edges. It’s a mighty and satisfying change in direction, and it completes the song in a stunning way.
Fantastic, interesting and immersive. I look forward to hearing more.