Needless Sound: “Need You Here” – an absorbing, emotional record

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Needless Sound is a music project from Italy (Bolzano), who recently released their single “Need You Here”. It practically reeks of the warm organic alternative sounds as the vocalist captures every essence of the poetic lyrics, and makes you wish you were there hearing him sing live. I think the highest praise I can give is that, you’ll want to sing along, and you’ll fail. The singer’s phrasings and vocal nuances are both unpredictable and impressive, and the song allows him an ample melodic playground to use them. I’m not sure how many members this project has, but the music serves largely to promote the song, the singer and the guitarist. Collectively, they have a powerful sound with not too much flash, but a very consistent background which accentuates the vocals and guitars – both clean and overdriven in the latter instance.

Needless Sound purvey a grounded sound with all the natural zest their area of origin typically inspires. Not surprisingly their proficiency for rock, spans the international parameters, without leaving any touchstones unturned when it comes to traversing a wide divide.

Nevertheless, the music embodied in “Need You Here” maintains an unassuming, down-home perspective that is neither pretentious nor pandering. However it’s because there is so much passion spewing out of these guys, it’s completely impossible to ignore them. In the current technological music age, there is something very natural, very genuine about this listening experience.

It boldly, and cleverly addresses a sentimental subject with intelligent lyrics and combines them with their unique sound and style. The lyrics are saturated with emotional images when read on paper, yet somehow are more understated in the song itself, as the band avoid an overly melodramatic delivery.

This obviously alludes to the Needless Sound being mature and experienced in their craft. In an ocean of noise – this track stands out above the rest, exactly because of how intelligently it has been performed and produced.

Besides the gripping lyrics which abound in each verse, the music is heavily textured with organic sounds to form a solid backdrop which explodes with overdriven guitars and energy in the choruses. It feels carefully considered yet uncontrived, a bubbling mix of raw emotion and refined conviction.

Clearly Needless Sound have harnessed their gift for songwriting and as a result, their music is balanced and to the point, with all the song’s elements projected to diffuse it’s message and meaning. And here the message is one of loss and longing. The need to repossess the solace and happiness of love.

All the elements that make Needless Sound the band that they are there. The buildups through the song that take you from an easy beginning to an emotional crescendo; the distinctive vocals; the faintly dark and otherworldly sound of their music.

The intriguing layers of simple instrumentation – including the resonant bass line – that ultimately creates an aural soundscape which redeems guitar music in a decade when it seems at risk of becoming utterly disposable. It’s an absorbing, emotional record – certainly a very good one!

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