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Gearloose - Single Review: Tomorrow At My Fingertips

06 Sep 2018 // A review by Alex Moulton

While having previously released music digitally over the last decade on Bandcamp, Tomorrow At My Fingertips is the first official single release from New Zealand’s own Steven King AKA Gearloose ahead of an intended full album release.

Instrumentally, Tomorrow At My Fingertips is a very simple track; upbeat but still contemplative, the song is driven by a simple snare/hi-hat combination. At the forefront of the soundscape are the guitars, with a clean electric guitar strumming a basic chord progression that adds to the percussive elements of the track. Accented by a second layer of guitar that adds an air of flair.

Approaching the two-minute mark, the track breaks the light-hearted tone of the track adding distortion to the rhythm guitar, while trying to balance it with the addition of keys and what sounds like a ukulele.

This indie pop track has an intriguing vibe, coming off like a happy love song, creating imagery of good memories and holidays in the tropics, until the atmosphere is disrupted by the distorted breakdown. This does mirror the lyrical content which talks about a relationship ending and the unease that follows.

From a vocal standpoint, Steve King’s melodies hit the right notes but lacks confidence. While it fits with the uncertain, anxious theme of the track (and follows the light strumming style of the rhythm guitar), it means Tomorrow At My Fingertips does lack the emotion required to really hook the listener in.

Tomorrow At My Fingertips is a safe debut single. It has nothing that would turn away listeners, but at the same time it needs some more passion injected into it to feel authentic; with greater clarity and strength needed from the vocals.


Review written by Alex Moulton

 

About Gearloose

Gearloose is a one-man indie-pop band from Christchurch.




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Releases

Mabel
Year: 2015
Type: EP
2012 Live EP
Year: 2012
Type: EP
The Tenth March
Year: 2009
Type: EP
Gearloose (abridged)
Year: 2008
Type: Album

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