There just aren’t enough adjectives to describes just how good this song really is.
Coda, the band formed out of the ashes of childhood friendship and fragments of previous bands and culminating on one faithful Valentines Day last year, are set to release ‘Personal Superstar’ in December via the bands own label ‘Graceful Music.’ Following the successful release of debut single ‘Bleed Together’ which not only received copious amounts of air-play on X-Fm, but launched Coda into the homes of many, bringing both critical and public acclaim, this; the follow up is equally impressive.
Follow up single ‘Personal Superstar’ finally arrives in a blaze of style and modesty, the ride may not have been smooth or easy, but the landing is certainly spectacular! ‘Personal Superstar’ is a track that just grows and grows, going from strength to strength, as each moment passes the song envelopes the listener, exposing them to a thousand different musical ideologies.
The intro is soothing with its light network of guitars, and gentle drum rhythms. David’s voice tone is so soft, that it gently embraces you. It is ‘glam’ to the full extent of the word. You can drift aimlessly and just let the first verse, sooth, tantalize and take you to places you never knew existed. This is soon to change with the chorus just erupting into life. The vocal tone is bordering on Bowie-esque vibes, in fact at stages this song is so sparkling, so dusted with glitter and positively oozing style from every direction- it is not hard to envisage it on say ‘Velvet Goldmine’ Throughout the song you get this great sense of change, this marks some form of ending point. It is a closure of the old, and the beginning of the new, and in light of recent events it seems somewhat symbolic to say the least. This feeling is particularly present in the line ‘We’re all got to go, so why not go in style’- and what a style this is!
What makes this song so fantastic in terms of vocal quality is the almost effortless approach; words are softly spoken at times. All previous expectations of this song are soon to be surpassed by the most magical of endings, culminating just doesn’t suffice in its summary. David adopts a more energetic and emotive feel to his voice, which in turn develops a certain majestic air and touching depth about it.
The second track ‘Autoamerican’ is just so beautiful the word could almost have been created for it. It’s another gentle number that soothes and holds you deep in its embrace. The contrast between the shallow, yet deep voice and the light embracing choral vocal moments creates and shapes the song into something quite illustrious. Throughout this little number you get the impression of a darker side covered up and hidden behind picture-esque surrealism and child-like naivety. The lyrics at first appear gentle, but when listened to closely and reflected upon, present the listener with harsher subliminal meanings. Quite simply, a soothing, yet equally ambiguous, track.
‘Left Side Of The Brain’ presents the listener with a re-working of the title track ‘Personal Superstar’. Harsher in both guitar work and vocal qualities, this track produces a generally darker, more secluded image of Coda. Built around a striking guitar riff and patterned percussion meanderings, the track produces a very impressive result, especially for a re-mix.
This single is Coda at their best……. This is not to be missed.
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