Windwaker // New Infinite [Single Review]

Song: New Infinite

Band: Windwaker

Release: New Infinite (Single)

Area: Melbourne, Victoria.

Date of release: 3/04/18

Genre: Post Hardcore, Alternative Melodic Pop.

Reviewer: Michael Dixon

Record Label: Independent

Engineered, Mixed & Mastered: Chris Lalic

Videographer: Kieran Ellis-Jones

For Fans Of: Awaken I Am, Traces, Rumours.

Next Gig: “New Infinite” Weekender in Wagga Wagga, Albury and Sydney, April 2018.

“Help me see a clearer direction. Help me run away from demons. I am not alone. Give me something to believe in. We walk through the rain, It's clouding up our senses. My heart is at a dead end, I'm lost with no direction.”

It’s been a few months since we’ve heard any new music from this 5 piece Melbourne-based Alternative Melodic Pop band. They dropped their debut EP "Fade" back in May last year followed by "The Fade Session" in September which featured stripped back acoustic versions of those tracks. Cementing their current line-up by making guitarists Liam Guinane and Jesse Crofts permanent members has obviously had a positive effect on the band. Their songwriting and collaboration has become even stronger and this can be noted on their new single 'New Infinite'.

'New Infinite' builds upon the foundations of their previous releases and adds a more daring and adventurous dynamic to the band’s music. The band have stepped it up in every way possible from tighter melodic sections, explosive guitar riffs, harsher screams and more heartfelt, uplifting clean vocals from Will King. The lyrics are as personal and honest as ever, talking about fighting inner demons, feeling directionless, finding strength and using weather metaphors. It’s good to see the other band members getting involved, particularly Liam Guinane who adds backing vocals during the chorus.

The music video features the band against a couple of different backdrops including rustic-looking warehouses and timber window frames. This reflects the light and dark shades described in their lyrics. There is also a beautiful circular leadlight window like those you see in churches and cathedrals which features Hayley Roe & Sophia Walker doing some ballet movements towards the end of the music video. The yellow and blue, fairy-like flares that encircle the band members and the two girls is also a neat visual effect which elevates the music video beyond the typical “band playing in a random space” cliché.

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Vocals: 9.5/10

Guitars: 9/10

Bass: 8/10

Drums: 8.5/10

Lyrics: 4/5

Video Narrative: 7/10

Video Production: 18/20 Visual Effectiveness: 22/25

Overall: 88/100

Personal Enjoyment: 9/10

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