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Looking For Alaska - Single Review: Calling Out

15 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181

Calling Out has the pacing of a hit dance track, but the style is very much ballad-esque. Soft, thick vocals from Amy Maynard, she almost struggles with the pace to start, trying to hang onto those sultry notes while guitarist Aaron Gott keeps pushing the track onwards. Any timing incongruities are cleared by the first chorus, where we are greeted by some beautifully passionate melodies, vocal harmonies, and piercing highs. 

Calling Out is a slow building track with minimal guitar presence in the first act until Gott’s vocals signal the second phase of the track, and it goes full pop. While the chorus is repetitive, it drives home the emotions conveyed through the lyrics; an unconventional love song. An evocative piece, with a bold beginning.

Review written by Alex Moulton

About Looking For Alaska

Like two weary vagabonds hitch-hiking along the open road with nothing but a guitar and a suitcase of songs and wayward memories, pop-folk duo Looking For Alaska are ready to set the New Zealand folk scene alight.

Members Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard offer up a sound rooted in country-style guitar and soaring harmonies woven together at their very fibre, intensified by their magnetic on-stage chemistry. The duo's familiarity, closeness and authenticity is fueled by their real-life romance, creating a magnetic performance style that captivates their audience time and time again, and has seen them open for the likes of Fly My Pretties and Herbs, and as a featured act at the Auckland Folk Festival.

Having performed together extensively since they bonded during a recording assignment at music school in 2012, Aaron and Amy embarked upon their newest musical endeavour Looking For Alaska two years ago, and have since worked tirelessly to create a collection of original material, ranging from thigh-slapping, foot-stomping folk sing-alongs, to poignant heart-rending ballads drenched in melancholy.

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Looking For Alaska
Year: 2016
Type: Album

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