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Album Review: New Band, half•alive's Amazing Talent Could Take Them Places!!

By  May 1, 2017

New alternative rock band, half•alive, is a product of a 50 song challenge that was carried out by band's frontman, Josh Taylor in 2016.

half•alive consists of frontman Josh Taylor, drummer Brett Kramer, and GRAMMY nominated producer James Krausse, who came together in 2016 to help with Josh's challenge. A few days ago, half•alive released their debut EP, 3, and though it is made up of only 3 tracks, it's really packed with heaps of emotions. For lack of a better comparison, their sound could be said to resemble that of twenty one pilots' but milder, so if you love TØP, you'll love half•alive.

3 starts off with The Fall, and already, the emotion in the lyrics is deep and heartfelt. The music itself is simple, with synth, drums, and bass, so it has a clean sound. Its rhythm is on the upbeat side - not something you'd usually get with heavy lyrics like The Fall's: / It’s like sharing a dream with someone / Once you say it out loud it can’t be undone / I can't trust the fall /

Easily my favourite off the EP, the second track, Aawake at Night, is slower and has a catchier hook to it. The chorus is slow, yet bouncy at the same time - its beat could be described as that of a slow R&B song but with an electro-pop melody. Aawake at Night starts off with a jazzy sounding guitar and leads into more of an electro sound to it compared to The Fall, but gosh, the lyrics are just as amazing: / Abandoned by my company, I'll search for what's in front of me / And hope that I find something new /

The final track, Tip Toes, is heavier and more upbeat and has more of a rock sound to it. Keeping its slight electro element, it complements the main melody and even adds a few "mini drops". This song has a promenent bassline so you can really feel the groove in this song. Tip Toes has soft rap/spoken word verses, while the chorus is sung smoothly again with hard hitting lyrics: / I'm on my tip toes tryna see past my ego / Reaching for something more than this feeling of being important /

Overall, half•alive has great energy and an even greater sound. It's quite clear that the key element to their songs is the lyrics because of the emotion and meaning they carry, on top of the fact that Josh had put a lot of effort into really challenging himself musically.

Do give this band a listen because every member has amazing talent that blends together to form a meaningful product. 3 is available for free on all streaming sites like Spotify and YouTube.

Watch the music video for The Fall and check out the full EP down below.

 

 

 

Photo Credits: half•alive (YouTube)

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