Shout Out Louds: “Blue Ice”
I’m rooting for the Shout Out Louds. I’d really, really like to see them with a hit album under their sleeve, plowing through adoring masses and sold-out show schedules. But that hasn’t happened yet. So far, the tunes from the Swedes have been touch and go, dropping the occasional single that kicks up your heels and spurs you to shuffle. I mean, “Hard Rain,” from 2007’s Our Ill Wills? (What a fucking FANTASTIC song) It’s always been the instrumentals that you could count on in a Shout Out Louds song, rather than the hook.
The brand new song from the band (three years coming), “Blue Ice,” is unfortunately more of the same. The world-weary tone has grown a mile deep, with nary a positive thought entertaining the entire song, just “blue, blue, blue.” BUT, for what it lacks in uplifting properties, it holds in lush scenic instrumental backings. The strings, are EVERYWHERE in “Blue Ice,” kicking down doors in your brain, and filling dusty rooms with swirls and breezes of flowing violins and violas. And there’s a piano melody sprinkled throughout that is far too pleasant for my words.
The melancholy is trademark Shout Out Louds at this point, but if they can somehow manage to match the serene mood of their tools, to some hooks and a brighter tone….well, the Shout Out Louds would become something we could all root for.
Shout Out Louds – “Blue Ice”
And here’s a gimmicky thing where the band is releasing 7″ copies of the song actually made out of ice. Which is neat and dumb at the same time.