The Cornerstones are a London-based band, who have recently released a song called, ‘Smack Me in the Face’ (LISTEN HERE!)
They possess a musical sophistication from a past era that makes them timeless and unadulterated by commercialism à la the Lady Gaga’s of today; it’s music for the ears and heart, and that’s all it needs to be.
There’s a rawness to this tune, like unmined gold, and it’s magic.
As for development, the beginning is reminiscent of ‘Gas Panic!’ by Oasis for me; it sends goosebumps up my spine, and brings images of The Wall film (Pink Floyd).
The dynamic changes at, “Is this really love? Is this really life?” the melody lightens as Richard Ruth (the lead singer) delivers a smooth vocal, creating a very Beatles-esque vibe.
The “I will find my reason,” bit kicks in (making me think of Gilmour/Waters’ vocals on ‘Comfortably Numb’ – with a bit more attitude) before going back to the ‘Gas Panic!’/The Wall flow of melody. It’s a masterful ode to their influences, while remaining original.
Anyway, the song is beautifully structured with a smoothness and cohesiveness to the tune and lyrics. Granted, this is a given for all good songs, but ‘Smack Me in the Face’ is so meticulously composed that it’s stunning.
There’s an intensity to the lyrics, vocals, and melody that can only come from a place of knowledge. They convey an awareness and experience of life and living, not only in ‘Smack Me in the Face’, but in other songs too.
I wrote about another track of theirs called, ‘In the Sun’ (which also moved me to no end) for Cardinal Playlists.
Check it out HERE!
Whether it’s a statement as simple as, “I feel happy,” or something more evocative, The Cornerstones know how to express it.
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http://www.thecornerstones.co.uk for album details!