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Bridges - Single Review: Weightless Without

03 Jun 2020 // A review by Erica McQueen

Bridges is the indie-pop project of Christchurch-born Rachel Hamilton. Upon moving to Auckland to study music, she diversified her sound and branched out from the acoustic style she performed as a teenager. Weightless Without is the first single off Bridges' debut EP, which is set for release later in 2020.

Looking at the credits for the song, Bridges’ worked with a number of talented musicians and producers on the track, and this is also evident when listening to the song. Namely, Josh Naley (Wells*), David Waters (Being.), and Olly Harmer (The Lab Recording Studio).

Barely more than a whisper, vocals begin over a soft eerie soundscape. The lyrics are immediately potent; "this goes against everything I know. You’re all alone, but I won’t help you now".

The song quickly expands, and Bridges’ vocals hit with full force joined by atmospheric guitars. Bridges continues to paint a picture of a toxic relationship, the unhealthy imbalance of power, and her resolve to get out. She sings with determination; you can hear the strength in her voice. It’s reminiscent of Paramore at points, closer to home her voice could be likened to Holly Untitled and Tsorf.

Progressively the rhythm section builds, creating a perceived quickening pace. At its height there’s a sense of confusion, things keep changing, emulating the instability of the relationship she’s showcasing.

Along with the song, Bridges released a lyric video that she animated herself. A smoky background sets a dark mood and the shaky letters give a sense of uncertainty. The visuals are beautiful and impactful in their simplicity.

Throughout the song, it’s Bridge’s vocals that impress; her range, ability to create different textures, and express emotion through her voice. Overall an outstanding first single, signalling a standout EP to follow.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

About Bridges

Alternative indie-pop artist Bridges has burst onto the New Zealand music scene, with a new sound of pop melodies soaked in atmospheric guitars and driving rhythms, all set to rich vocal tones expressing a powerful vulnerability. ?

Writing and performing as an acoustic singer/songwriter for years, Rachel Hamilton - the person behind the project - has been diversifying her sound since moving from her home city of Christchurch, to study music in Auckland. Bridges marks the beginning of a new era, of a richer and dramatic sound.

Following the release of her debut single Sister, Bridges featured on RDU and performed live with her band on RNZ, before laying low to finish work on her upcoming debut EP.

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