We've had Rich People's sophomore record Grace Session on repeat for a while now, so new material from this Philadelphia-based band is something we can finally start crossing off of our wishlist.
It all started with the teaser of playing one unreleased [at the time] single, "No Age," during their tour with Grayscale late last year. Soon enough, fans were given the studio version of the track only heightening the anticipation of what to expect from the impending full length. "No Age" reads at surface level: an upbeat rock song with a chorus you'll be singing along to by the second listen. Although, this track is actually a juxtaposition of optimistic rhythm and retrospective struggle. We get a hint of poignancy during the bridge as it fades into just percussion with some dings of xylophone. The layers to just this one track explores a new musical direction for the band while still maintaining their raw, authentic Rich People sound.
"Joy Notes" was the second single to be released towards the end of April. This single's cover art had the colored blocks that were once scattered in the art for "No Age," and now being placed together (a theme we should probably pay attention to.) Another surprising first impression with this one as it begins with just a slow electric strum & synthesized vocals from frontman, Rob Rich. Sure enough, the beat picks up and we enter another sonic state of bliss. A tune filled with the sound of nostalgia wonderfully complemented by their music video as well.
The third track, "Kathleen," was released on Mother's Day a few weeks ago. This was definitely on purpose considering the fact the song is not only named after Rob Rich's mother, but is also all about her support & guidance throughout the years. The somber ballad of "Kathleen" also features Grayscale's vocalist, Collin Walsh, who's also known for expressing emotion through song. I feel it's also important to note that this single's cover art presents the same kind of building blocks, but now devoid of color & in vertical lines (hmm!!!)
Lastly, the most recent track is titled, "Moving Parts" and is visually presented on the cover of just that: moving the parts of the notable desaturated blocks. This single is very stripped-down compared to the others; with just vocals, an acoustic guitar and some light rhythmic snapping for a hint of percussion. A ballad of nostalgia in growth beautifully encapsulated in its most vulnerable fashion.
Photo by Blake Horner
So, what are your theories about the building blocks in association to each single? What do the colors represent aside from just upbeat jams to ballads. What about the assembling & disassembling of the pieces? Let us know what you think!
Written by Deirdre Kelly