Basement Revolver – Baby (Stream)
by Steven Spoerl
Over the span of last week songs by Sarah Mary Chadwick, The Bae Beach Club, Dan Rico, God Bless Relatives, Dear Nora, Jackson Reed, Gillian Frances, Nation of Language, Dear Japan, Ness Lake, Henrik Appel, and a Weaves cover of an Arcade Fire classic all managed to make an impression. Each one of those tracks constitutes a distinct highlight for the band listed. The very same can be said for Basement Revolver‘s latest, “Baby”, which is their finest moment to date.
Despite releasing some of the more memorable songs of the past few years, Basement Revolver have never released a full-length. They’ve got two impressive EP’s and an extraordinary Audiotree session under their belt but the full album format they’ve let linger as a tantalizing promise. “Baby” is the first look at their debut album and it’s an absolutely stunning slow-burner that envelops the listener in an avalanche of tenderness and volume.
From the jump, “Baby” makes no bones about aiming for bombast but it’s the build-up to its finale and the way it swells far past being merely bombastic on its way to achieving a cathartic euphoria that makes the song stand out. The band’s honed and refined their craft for years, each one bringing them wider success and a more visible platform. If “Baby” is any indication, Basement Revolver’s not just prepared for the next big step but fully capable of decimating the expectations it may bring.
Easily one of the most gorgeous rock songs of 2018, “Baby” yearns for the kind of understanding that makes life more comforting while reaching skyward, hoping to pluck even a modicum of reassurance out of the air. The music emphasizes the words and vice versa, with both the composition and narrative displaying a mesmerizing brand of vulnerability. It’s an absolutely incredible track and heralds the arrival of Basement Revolver’s next era. With any luck, a whole army of new listeners will be along for the ride.
Listen to “Baby” below and pre-order Heavy Eyes here.