I have been eagerly awaiting the return of CATHEDRALS, one of my favorite new duos to emerge from a crowd of great musical pairings last year. And after reviewing and featuring their spectacular debut track “Unbound” last September, my expectation bar for their next song seemed way out of reach. But with the recent broad release of their next track “Harlem”, my ever-growing feeling of anticipation is now met with me standing up and applauding the effort.
Instead of leaning back and feeling myself being pulled into an “Unbound” storyline, CATHEDRALS apply a more in my face approach with “Harlem” that I really enjoy. The beats hit a bit harder, the guitars strum with a little more purpose and the beautiful vocals are nicely layered without many restraints. I love the part where the guitar seems to be set free pushing the track into what feels to me like a mini outburst of emotion and aggression. Only to be smoothly reeled back in with a gorgeous vocal transition that I regard as one of my favorite moments from the song.
“Harlem” is a solid follow-up for Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin that proves the pair is more than just a passing music ‘flash in the pan’ as the saying goes. And while most of my peers will try to label their music as good electronic pop music, it’s really just great music to me!