The Spins are an Italian Pop Rock band based in Roquebrune- Cap- Martin ,France formed by renowned female drummer Alessia Mattalia - noted for her session work with Jeff Beck and featuring on His Grammy - Award winning track “ Hammerhead”- and keyboardist and composer Marcello Giordano. The band have members from Italy, France, Estonia and England with an accomplished background in music. Bassist Mai Agan , Guitarist Ludovic Briand. And English vocalist Amy- Danielle Weston complete the line-up .
Opener Hole In The Ground is an upbeat track filled with tantalising grooves that starts with the crunching echoes of the steady rhythm of drums that leads to a funky beat before the innocuous female vocals hypnotise the listener as much as the dizzying keyboards and thick bass line that culminates in the bright guitar chords that are reminiscent of some of those early 2000’s indie bands. I feel this is good song to start the album off.
Title track Colours is a feelgood pop track with melodic male lead vocals. The song is a European tinged affair with swirling keyboards and the recognisable drumsticks that reverberate with thunderous applause, which signals the emergence of heavy power chords to produce a beautifully composed track with a string quartet and piano .The hooks and harmonious backing vocals would make this an accessible track for mainland European fans .It reminds me of a more joyous Beatles single.
I Wish You enters Eurovison territory with an energetic burst of electro pop. The intro blends a clean tone of dirty synth and huge guitar breaks that combine with plush harmonic vocals to the backbeats of crunching reverb -soaked guitar and drums that produce a hollow and aggressive overtones. This song would not feel out of place during the annual celebration of Europe’s’ favourite musical competition.
Inertia is a similar track dripping with a warm tone that leaves the listener feeling fuzzy inside. The impressive rhythm section really stands out here with almost hypnotic beats and tentative groove that leaves your head spinning. The vocal lines provide a tender timber to the programming qualities that leads me to believe it is accessible to a European market that likes upbeat pop music with an edge. The low tuned bass plods along to the overall feeling of a fun jam session.
And finally, Never Let It Go ends with a different direction. This song writing to Queen. You can see where the band get their influences. This is a stripped back acoustic track with a swinging rhythm section and syncopated beats includes a string arrangement and electric guitar lines that emphasise the shiny qualities of the bridges and chorus that produce a real feelgood sound that can only lead to places for the band.
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