It may be a somewhat less than articulate introduction, but this is a really great song.
Sonomaris are a band who offer something partly familiar yet also notably fresh – crisp and clean guitar riffs, contrasted by warm, likable bass-lines, and an up-front, intimate and subtly characterful leading voice.
Million utilises contrast to a superb degree. The whole set-up feels brilliantly nostalgic, awesomely passionate – proceeding to whisper then scream out on behalf of your anxieties; always melodically, always with a certain poetic lyrical intention that again feels genuinely new.
This feels like a Pearl Jam inspired effort to me. The lyrics strike suddenly, every once in a while – ‘You never were the centre of attention..‘. Meanwhile, that riding bass-line wraps around you, the organic, raw drum-work creates a powerful live scene feel. And every once in a while, the weight and intensity falls away, to lay bare once again the acoustic softness of that intro.
The leading vocalist carries the changing stages of the song with apparent ease – a natural performer, with a clear connection to the song’s underlying sentiments; and the entire creative process. From Bowie-like beginnings to a bold and bright rock hook, the whole thing impresses, satisfies, and offers a refreshing hit of escapism with absolute heart and soul at its core. I look forward to exploring the rest of their catalogue.