“Cantered Soul” led with impressive songwriting and a sort of Alternative Irish Rock fusion on this awesome single “Whopper View”. Cantered Soul are an Alternative Irish Rock band based in Swords Dublin. Most of this band went to school together so they know each other for a long time. They had been playing music in different bands over the years and decided to join forces to form the band.
Whopper View as a starting point makes for a great introduction to the band. As suggested, their songwriting shines brightly from the offset. There’s a simplicity to this track that lets it connect fairly quickly – the short verse lines and the progression of the melody feel familiar, comforting among the warmth of the Alternative Irish Rock soundscape. The lyrics, however, feel fresh, and notably emotional – there’s a fascinating story-line at play, and that leading voice delivers it in a beautifully accessible and softly stylish manner.
Whopper View is a deeply thoughtful song but one that takes determination and realness to heart and presents both in a bright and vibrant fashion. The whole track feels a little like a diary entry or an outpouring of inner thoughts to highlight a step forwards – self empowerment, overcoming. The lyrics are beautiful, partly poetic and cleverly metaphorical, partly intimate and personal on a very honest level. The completed release is intensely uplifting, and this is in part due to the unity between the written ideas and the changing pace and mood of the music. It’s clearly something true to the individual behind it, but it also works well as a track for anyone aiming to lift themselves up out of turmoil and move on with optimism and confidence.
Cantered Soul’s honesty and these personal touches that appear throughout help add a sense of understanding, which is easy to connect with – there’s a realness to this lyricism, rather than a simple outpouring of confidence as seems to make up the bulk of contemporary rock. This truthful and reflective approach details difficulty in a beautifully poetic fashion, and that’s something you quickly fall under the spell of. The title of the track attempts to prepare you for this theme, but it’s only when you really delve into the track a few times that it all comes together. A genuinely original approach to rock – hopefully there’s more to come.