Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite - Electrified
Some releases you know are going to hit based on their opening single and Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite is one of them. Their first single “Electrified” is a full on minor pop masterpiece with solid musical fundamentals and retro touches peppering the arrangement and comes complete with an accompanying music video that’s striking along with a vocal performance from the Grand Brothers’ collaborator Dee that’s worth the price of purchase alone. The single comes from the project’s first full length album release, soon to drop, Canyon Diablo and this single alone makes it abundantly clear the threesome are intent on carrying off something completely different with the modern pop song and its possibilities. It’s nothing less than a rush to hear such talented performers clearly capable of doing more with a song than merely hitting its marks and giving audiences exactly what they expect and nothing more.
There’s a real powerful and stomping quality to the song from the outset, but it’s never mindlessly bashing away. The Grand Brothers employ a production style that gives “Electrified” a nearly cinematic flair without ever overemphasizing the qualities intended to draw listeners into its web. “Electrified” has a steady pace and never rushes itself, but it keeps pressure on the listener for much of the tune and refuses to let go of your attention once it seizes it early on. The synthesizers, keyboards, and other instruments work rather well together and the vocals are incorporated into the arrangement in such a way that they seem part of the song rather than superimposed over the backing track. It’s impressive how such technologically current music can, nonetheless, create such a live feeling for listeners, wholly organic, and radiating warmth in every area. Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite never sounds like a plotted out, meticulously structured endeavor. Instead, the project sounds like a natural fit for all of those involved and natural throughout.
Dee’s vocal performance won’t strike anyone as being the typical singing performance some might prefer, but the unusual qualities of his voice are tempered by a touch of effects applied in post production and there’s just enough backing vocals from a sweeter, more traditional female voice that balances out nicely against his own tone. He handles the lyrics quite nicely – there’s a lot of confidence coming through and, despite his relatively untraditional voice, Dee brings ample musicality to what he does. The lyrics tell listeners, essentially, to push onward with life and never let go of your moment – it’s a positive message that gets through without any sentimentality or extra glossiness. Instead, “Electrified” is a winning tune for both young and old, hardcore and casual music fan alike – Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite have really hit upon a winning formula with this song that they are certain to be duplicating many times over on the project’s debut Canyon Diablo. Hopefully it’s the start of something long term for this collaboration because they bring the goods like few other pop projects today.