Mike Bee and the Dead Soldiers - Despise The Lie - Stereo Stickman

Mike Bee and the Dead Soldiers Despise The Lie


The sound created within this music is something undeniably unique from the moment you first hear it. At the surface, the music featured in Despise The Lie has a very organic and almost folk-pop sort of sound to it. As you progress through the song though, the keys make their way into the scene, adding a very vintage and retro sound to the mix; a mild touch of theatre, verging on the slightly psychedelic even.

This partly acoustic and live sounding result means that all of these things have mixed really well together to make something essentially quite rare and unusual, in the best kind of way. Then you get the leading vocal, with it’s depth, in both the tone and the ideas expressed, it’s relaxed yet confident presentation of lyrics, and of course, perhaps most importantly, that rather striking melody – which does not fail to satisfy at all the various edges of the song, structurally speaking.

The lyrics of this track are superb. The way in which they join forces with that melody and the added vocals is just brilliant; those additional vocals, the choir effect, as it were, makes the lyrics really, really strike a chord. There’s a hugely reflective and thought provoking nature to the concept and the lines throughout the song. It’s compelling, and the more you listen, the more you want to hear – making it a fantastic choice for first time listeners who might be considering taking home the EP.

You’ve been hurt, and it’s far from the very first time..

The verses and the voice are what really grabs your attention in this song. The music amongst it is brilliantly in keeping with the character and the vibe of the piece, but it’s that melody, those vocal effects, the whole and almost haunting calmness of it all. It feels important, in a way, like it’s something you should really be listening to and taking in. When you listen to it accompanied by the video, version one (as found below), the effect is greatly multiplied. There’s a hard hitting stroke of realness to it all, a very gritty take on life and the world is put forward, and this furthers the effect of making the song really get inside your mind.

The descending melody line seems to melt over you as you listen, drawing you into the music, making you listen intently, and taking you on this calm yet rather serious journey. As mentioned, it’s this calmness that contrasts with the subject matter to make what is genuinely quite a haunting and unusual track; it’s massively effective in capturing and keeping your attention. On top of all this, the song itself, the music, the art of it as a whole and complete unit, sounds like a strange and satisfying classic – much like you might find, for example, within the walls of a Bowie album. The alternative sound has been captured very skillfully, and it makes the music play out beautifully; at first making you notice it, and later making you glad that you did.

The five track EP upon which Despise The Lie is featured is one that is likely to leave you musically satisfied and simultaneously contemplating everything around you. It’s refreshing to hear music that has something very real to say, and furthermore, says it in such an artistic and captivating manner. The musicians involved clearly have a special sort of chemistry and understanding, which makes for a highly effective and quite catchy musical design. The song writing behind the music is a massive part of what gives the sound such strength, thus, again, making the EP all the more intriguing and appealing.

You can listen to Despise The Lie over on Spotify, and you can grab your copy of the five track EP over on CDBaby.

Rebecca Cullen

Founder & Editor

Founder, Editor, Musician & MA Songwriter

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