America is the powerful and gripping new track from indie rockers Quantum Split. For those who haven’t heard the band’s music before, their sound is as hard hitting as it is melodic and emotional. The balance they achieve between the two is captivating, and this latest offering is no exception.
The stand out thing about America is really the structure of the track and the way the final project has been crafted so as to draw focus, one by one, to each moment within the song. The introduction suggests a mellow breakaway from distortion, the easy going strum of the guitar contrasts well with the intensity of the solo, yet as the beat comes in the whole thing seems to edge more in the direction of soft rock. However, this title and this underlying concept holds so much possibility and intrigue. As the verses unfold you’re likely to find yourself holding close every line and every word – waiting for the truth of it all, the depth of it, the real meaning behind it.
The track builds up in this sort of way and soon enough the instrumentation comes in full throttle; thick and hard guitar distortion, fast riffs, heavy drums, yet it all falls away in a flash and returns to the mellow, the calm – harmonies, vulnerability, innocence. This set up is hugely unique, and it holds tight to your attention from start to finish. To watch the accompanying video for the track is to get a little more insight as to the truth behind the music, the inspiration, the passion, the seed from which it all grew. In a wonderful way, this up and down, hard and soft nature of the musical set up, this unorthodox structure, reflects perhaps the highs and lows of this story, this feeling expressed throughout of being an American right now and everything that comes with that.