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What’s not to love about a delicious hybrid of R ‘n’ B, alt-rock and hip-hop? When it’s done right, it can be pretty enlightening. Cue Chase Atlantic and their third studio offering, Beauty In Death.
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Though you might be expecting yet another boisterous homage to varying styles of music, sadly, this release seems to lean heavily on one stylistic area compared to its predecessor, 2019’s Phases, with any new experimental nods buried deep in the void–that’s not to say what the trio have done is in anyway bad, however.
When it comes to the bleeding edges of what constitutes rock music, Chase Atlantic takes their brushes to paint widely outside the lines. Regardless of the R’n’B-heavy stylings of this release, fundamental evidence of the band’s fearlessness in sound is certainly still present. Tracks like Out The Roof, which dances a little with ideas of the orient, interwoven with elements of trap, and Call Me Back, a pop-laden number that wouldn’t be out of place as a downbeat club anthem, Chase Atlantic embraced their pop/R’n’B influences very heavily in this release, with good results.
When it comes to the bleeding edges of what constitutes rock music, Chase Atlantic takes their brushes to paint widely outside the lines.
But instead of juggling so impressively a variety of genre sounds to get that phwoar factor, Chase Atlantic balance precariously on a tightrope that tries to offset more hip-hop and trap beats with their existing influences. Beauty In Death is still a great album, just a little more precarious, more ambitious, than the previous eclectic fusions that put Chase Atlantic on the map, which can often mean many of their new ideas are swept under the rug. It may feel at times Chase Atlantic are trying to juggle a lot, but this album will continue to push them forwards because of it’s all-embracing dynamic.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Out The Roof, Please Stand, Call Me Back
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