This latest release “Falling from the Sky ” from “Cantered Soul ” is an alternative rock track that supports the underlying song and sentiment in a vibrant and unusual way. The soundscape has been built up with various mildly distorted synths and it is awesome. The resulting song comes through with a touch of nostalgia, the rhythm and the bass line feel quite vintage, as do the rock elements that shoot across the ambiance intermittently. In addition, the song itself appears fairly distant within the mix – the melody has a surprisingly alternative rock feel to it, as does the structure of the song, though the leading voice appears as this equally electronically charged element that fits smoothly in among all that surrounds and supports it. The video was Directed by Ryan Forsyth of Foresight Media Ireland and cinematographer Alan Dunne.
Cantered Soul is one of the amazing, well-talented, and magnificent souls who are based in Swords, Dublin, Ireland. Started out with singer and songwriter Sean Buckley and Banjo player Patrick O’Reilly, as two-piece jamming together for years. The two then decided to form a band. Musically they wanted to break all the rules and moved quickly to secure two local musicians and friends, Kev McFarlane (lead guitar) and Stephen Gillan (rhythm guitar, mandolin) Leaving just drum and bass, luck would have it that two more local musicians, and old school friends, Paul Moran (drums) and Brian Donnelly (Bass) were looking for a new project.
“Falling from the Sky” is a powerful yet softly stylish song that leaves its mark in a definite but subtle way. There’s so much strength in the structure and brightness of the soundscape and of the leading artist’s lyricism and performance. The music for one is really unique, notably spacious, and focused around a fairly simple beat and a few distinctly colorful riffs. The rhythm of the entire track is a huge part of what makes it work so well. The music has a slightly tribal feel to it, inspired by world rhythms. The vocal delivery on top of this fits in perfectly with the underlying energy. His voice hits with flawless accuracy and relevance, almost playing the part of another programmed instrument – the skill and precision is brilliant.
There’s a definite awesome vibe to it all – the rhythm of each instrument, the thickness of the bass contrasting with the lightness of certain synths – the soundscape is vast and detailed, and of course, in among it is the song as well. There’s value in all of it, and it’s interesting to listen to. A well-crafted, creative release.