The art-rockers wrap up 2019 with what a masterful single.
Title: Take On Fever Label: Lantis Release date: 20/11/19 Genre: Rock/Ballad
1 - Take On Fever 2 - Nasty 3 - painting of sorrow
Track by track analysis:
1 – Take On Fever
Take on Fever kicks off with a thunderous slap bass line, some hints of electronica and bass-drum driven drums. The instrumental rides on a lot of bass, making the song deeper and dirtier than most of the band’s previous songs. The pacing is slow in the intro but quickly picks its pace, turning into an exciting tune. The outro is quite odd, a first for OLDCODEX, focusing mainly on electronica.
On the vocal end, Ta_2 shifts from clean vocals to screamo to enrich his performance. The screamo parts were done with taste, used only to enhance specific parts of the song. Take On Fever is a pop-punk tune that plays it simple while playing around with electronica. 5/5
2 – Nasty
Gated, dirty guitar riffs and hard hitting, snare-driven drums set the slow paced and imposing sound to this track. The pacing is slow and with the instrumental once again putting a major focus on highlighting all the bass on it, it is no wonder this song packs a punch without the speed or aggression that some of OLDCODEX most impactful songs have. Nasty is new in terms of instrumentalization but also in terms of progressions and vocal performance., Ta_2 plays around with the song, adding melodic parts in a R&B/pop fashion to his performance, performing with a flair that is rather unique. 5/5
3 – painting of sorrow
Acoustic guitar riffs and atmospheric synths take the listener for an emotional trip down this ballad. painting of sorrow is the kind of OLDCODEX ballad we’re so used to yet never ready for. It is extremely emotional, with slow instrumentalization riding on strings, a memorable bass line, and melancholic acoustic guitar riffs. It is a song so well-crafted that you already know wit will deal a tough blow by the chorus even on a first listen.
The chorus, much like the rest of the song is emotional, however there is something about its dynamics, the way it flourishes after the slow and melancholic verses that makes it heart-wrenching.
Ta_2‘s versatility as a singer comes to the table for this track. His low, raspy and growly vocals and his usual tenor range always shine in ballads. The emotion that Ta_2 puts on each word, each phrase and every little detail in his performance make his performance shine, highlighting the lyrics and making the listener relate to those. Song by Ta_2, lyrics by YORKE.. A masterful performance in what is the highlight of the single. 5/5
OLDCODEX have been on a nice streak of powerful releases with meaningful lyrics, crafty instrumentals and memorable performances.
In our books, Take On Fever is a perfect single.
It continues to show the evolution that the band is undergoing this year. Electronica continues to be a point in which the band likes to bet and, after a couple of less well executed tracks in which the band explored the addition of synths and the sort, both LADDERLESS and Take On Fever have managed to incorporate those and make both the additions and the songs those are a part of, shine.
Lately, OLDCODEX have been betting on songs with a ballad / lullabyish sound. painting of sorrow is this single’s ballad and how emotional and heartbreaking it is. OLDCODEX is the kind of band that has been showcasing their talent to pull a wide variety of songs but it is with ballads that they have never failed to impress. The instrumentals easily grab the listener’s attention and never let go during the melancholic trip they’ll be given by the gentle vocals of Ta_2, the emotional lyrics by YORKE. And a stellar work by the band in its execution.
OLDCODEX are in a great place right now. They’ve been releasing powerful singles and or albums one after the other. And few have missed the mark. The band evolved as performers and sound. However, it is safe to say that as we start to see more of Ta_2 in the music composition credits, the best has the band sounded, taking the band on an impressive streak of perfect releases.
After the release of OLDCODEX’s LADDERLESS, expectations were, perhaps, too high for this single. But in the end, matching those expectations and exceeding those is something that OLDCODEX have been, as of late, masters at. Take On Fever is a masterful release.
Take On Fever is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.