Back in July Hurtsfall announced themselves to the musical world with their debut single ‘Lucid’. We at Off the Hook Music felt this track was a solid base from which the guys from Nottingham could grow from, now they’re back with their newest single ‘Calling out’. We were eager to find out whether this new track continued down the exciting direction their first offering suggested or if they have hit a flat note second time around.
Straight out the gate you notice Hurtsfall have diversity in their sound, ‘Lucid’s Post-Punk sound has faded and made way to the sound of a ballad, which the band has described as the lushness of clinging onto the last days of summers past. The band has made a statement and challenge for themselves with ‘Calling out’ as the track cuts out at 7 minutes and 8 seconds, this isn’t a concern though because the momentum and rhythm of this track holds strong all the way through. It’s a track you can lose yourself in when holding your partner close and we all know the longer the track the better for those moments.
‘Calling out’ paints a picture of a dreamy consciousness which the wonderful David Bowie managed so easily, with the layers and nicely blended keyboard and drums, you find the track resembles a piece of art which I’m sure Bowie would have been happy to have on his set list. It’s clear that Hurtsfall have established their sound and their are confident that they can show that they have shed loads of interesting sounds still to come out of a band that only formed in 2017.
Written by Kess Anthony
Emerging from the leafy heart of Nottingham, Hurtsfall have delivered a jewel of a debut single; ‘Lucid’. Hurtsfall formed in 2017, with three band members Mike Sinclair, Jamie Laws, and Dave Perkins, but it was not until January 2018 when the final piece of their crown was found with Sam Harrison-Emm adding his vocal talents to the mix.
‘Lucid’ was the natural choice for the band to pick as their first single as it is well established and staple of the bands live set list. You get the feeling that because this track has had decent exposure and time to mature it has become polished enough to enjoy its time in the spotlight.
It is a dark post-punk track with an easy manner, which allows for a dance feel to creep in and influence the tempo of the record. The instrumental sounds add a settled free flowing layered texture to the song which allows the haunting gothic tones of Sam’s voice to come across clearly as a focal point of the track.
Fans of ‘The Cure’ and ‘Savages’ will easily find a place for ‘Lucid’ in their Spotify playlist as Hurtsfall have developed a sound that takes the amazing qualities of these two band and blends them together to make a unique sound of their own. The great thing when listening to this track is the sense that this is only the beginning of the journey for the band. It is an exciting and solid track with a clear vision of the direction of where the band are headed. We are sure there will be more good material to come from Hurtsfall which will grow from this first track!
3 out of 5 Hooks
Written by Kess Anthony