Revolution at the Zephyr is a core three piece with additional musicians as and when they’re needed. Based officially in the Isle of Wight and formed in 2011, they have writing and recording ever since, and are concentrating on this more than gigs. They band had a wide variety of tracks available on SoundCloud, and they asked me to review a snippet of them.
I really liked the introduction to this song. It had such a rich texture, combining multiple instruments – there was the typical rhythm section with guitars and drums but there was also what sounded like a synth patch. What I liked here was how the guitars, etc., provided the acoustic rock feel, but it seemed the drums were playing almost a swing rhythm. This combined force of different feels created a unique which sounded awesome. Another interesting, yet quirky feature was the vocals. Not only was there more than vocal line, there vocalist in the verse seemed to be through some sort of filter. This created an interesting sound yet it sounded great. The second chorus sounded fat and brilliant! There was such a wide variety of things happening – multiple vocalists, thick chords across the rhythm section – it had such a rich texture and sounded fantastic!
Another fantastic introduction, this time with an acoustic guitar and bass and less drums. A good feature of this verse was how the electric guitar provided a very mellifluous counter melody over the vocals. This sounded great and worked well. I liked also how the texture changed when the chorus began, incorporating thick chords on the electric guitar and some lovely vocal harmonies. Once again, a rich and vibrant texture was created musically which sounded great! I particularly liked the second verse – a new groove was created; here I liked the bass which was almost quite funky and it worked really well with the remaining instruments. Another good feature of the second verse was how another vocalist created a second vocal line in response to the lead vocalist. This was at a lesser volume, and worked very well. I also liked how in the final verse, several instruments stopped playing to lessen the texture down to just keyboards. This created a very subtle ending, as it more so ended with the vocalist singing a-capella.
Sunshine and Flowers
This began with a very Rock-orientated instrument, with several electric guitars present; one created very driving chords and one provided a melody. This sounded awesome. The lead vocalist of this song was great; his tone worked very well with the song. An interesting, and again quirky feature of this song was each vocal phrase in the verse began with multi-tracked and almost dissonant vocal harmonies. This was something different to hear yet it sounded really good. I loved the use of backing harmonies in the chorus; here though, there were multiple vocal lines which created a thick polyphonic vocal texture, which sounded brilliant. A fantastic feature of this song was the concluding guitar solo. This had some great moments, and really solidified the establish Rock feel of the song.
This had a quirky introduction – my guess is this was an outtake of recording, as it sounded like people were practicing licks, etc. As the song began, it felt like this song blended the boundaries of the Country, Acoustic and Rock genres, creating a very vibrant song. The vocalist great in this tune; I also liked the use of counter vocals, and additional harmonies in the verses and choruses. This sounded beautiful. Another good feature of this song was in the second verse. It was very subtle, but I liked how the drummer played on beats 2 and 4 of the song, rather than the strong beats, and in the second chorus, played more fill-orientated beats. This was something different to hear and it worked very well with the established feel. The guitar solo in this song sounded great. I particularly liked how the backing harmonies were included over the top of the solo. This created momentum and helped build the solo and the song itself.
Overall, Revolution at the Zephyr offers some great music. The have so many different aspects, where it be adding alternative instruments to generic genres, to create such rich and vibrant musical textures with their songs. There is so much to explore within their music and for that reason, I suggest you check out their music.
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