Sometimes I think the best music reviews are the ones where I don’t talk about what’s happening in the song — the technicality, the instrumentation — but what happens in my head when I listen. Much (not all, but much) of what RBTS WIN releases hits me in the gut. I know that sounds uncomfortable, but I actually seek out those moments in music. A sound, an instant that cuts through the static. Something to remind me in three poignant minutes of who I am. Not what I’m doing or where I’m going, but who I’ve always been.
The single, “Death Magic,” from RBTS WIN’s highly-anticipated forthcoming Palm Sunday, is a breaking swell. Free fall. Cool plunge. Instant crush. The way the melody creeps in, half swagger, half stagger. The beat a blood-thick drop, the atmosphere all hush and shimmer, parts industrial clamor and parts high-altitude jet stream.
The way the song is infused with the light of October, with washes of gold and pangs of longing. For what’s long gone yet comes back in ghostly waves of ache and longing. For what’s here and yet slipping through our fingers. The way the songs gets that, captures it, holds it.
Well done, RBTS WIN. Now give me my heart back already.
Listen to Death Magic by RBTS WIN.