Andy Bradshaw
by on August 8, 2020
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In their latest single and music video, titled “Memories I Don’t Want,” Against The Voices get as experimental as ever with elements of rock  and even a touch of throwback pop decadence, and while their influences have never been on their sleeve quite as prominently as they are in this most recent studio work, this band ironically winds up producing something that feels – and sounds – quite futuristic here.

“Memories I Don’t Want” is sleek, oddly cosmopolitan (especially given the countrified narrative of its lyrics ) and groove-driven, but more than that, it’s by far one of the more melodic alternative singles I’ve listened to this month so far.

By creating a bit of rhythmic discordance on the track, they’re able to capitalize on all of the loose tension remaining from the ascent towards the hook. Is it a little complicated compared to what their major label brethren are doing? Sure, but I definitely don’t take these guys for being the sort of artists with a ‘follow the pack’ mentality at all.

You’re not likely to find another indie release quite like the eccentrically stylish “Memories I Don’t Want” from Against the Voices this spring, and though this season is turning out to be a pretty exciting time for fans of alternative music, I would still rank this among the best tracks that I’ve had the pleasure of taking a peek at recently.

Against The Voices aren’t looking to change the world of pop music as we know it, but in songs like this one, they definitely make the underground beat feel a bit more intriguing than it did before their arrival.

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