By Thyrd Eye
Debut single from Thyrd Eye offers up an uncertain mix of musical styles that's initially jarring. Opening track 'Say Something' features echoey, shiver-inducing gothic vocals from co-vocalist and keyboardist Hannah, which sit awkwardly against the song's twitching, spring-heeled drumbeats and jerking chords. While Hannah's eerie vocals are accomplished; and the backing track is brilliantly and mind-numbingly addictive, initially you'll be unsure about the two together. However, stick with it and 'Say Something' is a definite grower.
Thyrd Eye do get heavier on the chorus, with guitarist and co-vocalist Matt taking over lead vocal duties, and Hannah's ethereal voice relegated to the background. It's here that 'Say Something' really comes into its own, as that bouncing drumbeat keeps things addictive, while Thyrd Eye's beefed-up sound better compliments the song's gothic twist.
Second track 'After Death' continues Thyrd Eye's love affair with stripped-down verses and harder-rocking choruses. On the verses, looped, sparkling synths, barely-there drumbeats and delicate chords are the only accompaniments to Matt's vocals. Then, the chorus kicks in with jerking riffs and more of those prominently awkward, Thyrd Eye drumbeats. It's an unusual set-up, but Thyrd Eye just about get away with it.
While the first half of this song veers towards underwhelming, the second half is more accomplished, as Thyrd Eye layer on the riffs and then speed up to a galloping, riotous sound.
'My Last Time' is, unsurprisingly, an odd combination of musical styles that don't really slot together. There's some quick-footed, fluttery guitars and bursts of nicely crunchy riffs, but these sit next to periods of apparently random, jerky guitar-picking, more of Hannah's breathy vocals, and touches of atmospheric keyboards. Some parts work, such as the crushing riffs combined with Matt's soaring vocals, and the infectious guitar-picking. However, other parts only serve to muddy the waters. The electronica elements feel random, and Hannah's vocals, whilst eerie in themselves, don't really contribute much atmosphere when they're lain over twitching guitars.
The overriding impression of Thyrd Eye is that they haven't worked out how they want to sound yet. When they luck upon something that works, there's definite potential, and they clearly have much going for them: Hannah's vocals are haunting and sublime, and they can pull off both a heavier, goth-infused sound, and addictive, indie-influenced awkwardness. But they try to be everything all at once, and in the end, this three track release becomes frustratingly less than the sum of its parts.