Indie rock energy brings emotive melodies, distortion, changes in pace and an overall anthemic power, as Okami releases the echoing realm and riff-led addictive presence of Trying.
Barely scraping past the two-minute mark but hitting with impact regardless, the simplicity and striking identity of Trying quickly presents a likable rock sound that’s both raw and surprisingly catchy.
The lyrics are distant, that call-and-response echo adding to a kind of dreamlike shoe-gaze presentation, and elsewhere the structure allows for a rise and fall between heavy distortion and lighter melodic emo colour and calm. That dynamic works brilliantly, and helps elevate the already enjoyable, memorable riffs and brief sentiments of Trying all the more so.
Raw indie rock is hopefully making a noteworthy comeback to the main stages in the near future, and the psychedelic, swirling enchantment of Trying, complete with its unique production and honest guitar and vocal work, is on track to be a memorable part of that process.
Okami has captured a moment in time, fusing genres and connecting for this interesting balance between nostalgia and creative freedom. The guitar sound in particular is instantly appealing for rock fans in tune with both the past and present embrace of the genre and all of its creative sub-categories.
Trying ticks a lot of boxes, in short, being both ambient and intense, with a dash of electronic dance to the under-layers. I look forward to hearing more from Okami.