TRACK: Hollywood (feat. Penguin Prison)
GENRE: Indie Pop
There’s all sorts of negative connotations that are associated with “pop music.” The term is used for so many different kinds of music in so many different contexts that it’s hard to even know what it means.
Regardless, when I hear this song, I identify it with pop music in the best of ways. It doesn’t beat around the bush—vocals, bass and drums break the initial silence with clarity and precision. Penguin Prison (Chris Glover) delivers lyrics with a punch. The lyrics themselves aren’t anything flowery—direct and too the point, they pose with style among the rest of the instruments.
But the best part of the song is the chorus, and the oh-so-catchy synth riff after. It’s sunny and warm, yet there’s something about it that makes me feel wonderfully… *incomplete*. Dynamically, the chorus is much more impressive than the verse, a fitting place to go after all the building the verse has done. And the bridge provides the contrast that the rest of the song suggests - ambient and moody, complete with ghostly echoes and reverb.
All in all, this song could be taken as a metaphor for the title—Hollywood. There’s so much glamour, so much intrigue—you begin to wonder if there’s anything deeper behind the shiny glare.
“Strangers Part 1” is RAC’s newest album, a prelude to full-length EP, “Strangers Part 2.”
SOUNDS LIKE: Miley Cyrus, Phoenix