Hear The Track HereBear with me now, I need to get this right (Ed: a sure sign of imminent disaster). The Rascal Theorist is a little bit of The Muse Machine but he is also a solo musician. Rasmael (aka The Rascal Theorist) is a vocalist and songwriter who - you may remember - I first encountered with The Understanding (April 2009). Very, very slick track and one to savour, its class R&B touches marking it out as a great song. Add to that a musical simplicity that fits the track like a glove and you have the makings of something special. I gave it a highly recommended at the time and it's still on my hard drive so ya never know.... It's a given then that I would be looking forward to another delve into this musicians pockets.
As it were...
Ras says in the song comments that they 'were going for a new wave vibe with a indie rock twist' and surprisingly enough, that's an apt description of the track. Its a strange breed sure enough but I couldn't fault the guys working on this track, and that's becoming a trademark of the little Muse machine movement. Personally, I am a pushover for a guitar line that cuts to the chase, and delivers consistently throughout the track and New Frequency is studded with effective lines. Like The Understanding, this is another track crafted specifically to appeal to a radio audience, and an indication of how high the bar is with these guys.
I'm also a big fan of rock based pop and here again New Frequency is a lovely example of the genre. Admittedly I had to get used to the chorus which, somehow, refused to sit right with my ears the first couple of times I heard it. As I became more and more used to it, though it finally sank into the right place, and from that moment on, I was sold. You just can't beat a track that has all the elements that could make it work in the real world music business, and it takes an enormous amount of time and patience to put it together, the least you could do is have a listen to how to do it right.
Highly Recommended rock pop song.