So…..the most exciting new act of 2010 are all set to release the second taste of the fruits of their labour!
‘Religious’ is the second single, and is released along with threee other brand new tracks on ‘The Hypnosis EP’ digitally ALL OVER THE WORLD on August 18th. The release of the ‘Religious’ single, with 12 new remixes, will follow. AND we’ll be getting a spectacular video for it on August 25th!
But what does ‘Religious’ sound like?!
Well we’re quite pleased that it’s becoming evident that Gravitonas have crafted their own unique sound. When ‘Kites’ was released as the first single, we didn’t and still don’t know of anything else out there that sounds similar. And with ‘Religious’, the only other song that could be classed as sounding similar would be ‘Kites’. None of Alexander Bard’s previous projects, just the other Gravitonas single. And we love that fact.
‘Religious’ is a four minute (and that’s the radio edit, so the EP version may be even longer!) blast of brilliance! Any idea of traditional song structure is out the window – it’s a composition of music presented to you how they want it presented. It begins as a melodious ballad, backed with a beautiful piano and delivered with a heartwrenchingly melancholic melody. And then the beat kicks in! Soft at first, to accompany the next set of vocals, and then an even bigger beat rears its head.
Our favourite part though is the middle section of the song, which is then repeated again for the last minute. It’s a gloriously OTT mixture of choir chants, almost falsetto vocals from Andreas, and a stunning arrangement of dramatic chords and dark beats. It’s the audio equivalent of a horror theatre dream sequence on a pleasant chemical high! Ghosts, red curtains, masks, screams, and perhaps THAT ballgag image from the group’s own video for ‘Kites’, interspersed with angels, harps, white robes, and cherubs! It’s all very spell binding and totally beautiful.
Lyrically it’s quite epic too. Praying to Idols, kneeling before Apollo, believing in magic, begging favours from ghosts, being a soldier of sin, and ultimately – when I’m back on the dancefloor, I’m religious!
When the debut single is so good, the second single is difficult. But Gravitonas have pulled it off perfectly. ‘Religious’ is absolutely wonderful. Ecclesiastically so!