The Inoculated Canaries introduce their sound with a nostalgically comforting and brilliantly uplifting new song Who Are You? What begins a simply enjoyable pop-rock offering, the sort with short descending verse lines and familiar vocal and musical flickers of colour, soon grows to become a genuinely great and rather addictive piece of finely crafted rock music and brilliant songwriting.
That hook section is unforgettable, beautifully sung and performed in a manner that reinforces the passion behind the central question. Furthermore, the instrumentation that follows and that continues to build throughout is stunning – the band are impressive, musically united and expressive as a group caught in the moment; rather than as several individuals each seeking out their moment to shine.
The whole thing is quickly immersive, when you turn the volume up loud the song rains down with the weight and power of an absolute classic. The infectious strength of that hook works because the building blocks that lead to it have been thoughtfully and skillfully arranged. Contrast is key, as is character and consideration – all of which you get in creative yet professional doses throughout the recording.
It seems, by all accounts, that classic, organic rock music is alive and well. This song reminds me personally of the likes of Ocean Colour Scene. The softness initially, that vocal distance, breaks through and satisfies flawlessly as the song settles into its own groove. A live show is likely to be unmissable, and this single is easily worth a download – those addictive qualities, those choir-like moments that invite you to be a part of the progression; everything just works, it entrances its audience, and I can’t wait to hear more.