Surreal lyrics can come together a few different ways, but from where I’m sitting I don’t think there’s any beating what Foundry Town Survivors establish in the new single “Blue Sky.” Although there’s something to be said about the melodic trappings within this mix, there’s even more to be noted about the structure of these verses, and specifically the way they’ve been sewn into the fabric of the harmonies as to show seamlessness between words and music all too uncommon in pop music today.

Foundry Town Survivors first came to my attention a little while ago, and where I thought a lot of their previously released material was hinting at ambitiousness as big as a mountain, it’s intriguing just how fast they’ve been able to develop what some would consider to be quite the barebones aesthetic. It’s worked to the point of “Blue Sky” supporting a classic rock influence that doesn’t feel out of date, but instead like an important feature meant to draw us even closer to their artistic angle, which, as you can tell from this song, has little to do with the filler their contemporaries use.

The relationship between the piano and the guitar parts is one of give and take in “Blue Sky,” and yet one is disinclined to feel connected to their harmony over that between the vocal and the strings exclusively. That’s the real center of this single, and to some extent, I think it can be credited for giving the song it’s largely folk-rock bottom line.

When you’ve got a pastoral foundation like this one, there’s no need for a shy vocal, which is why our singer is stepping out on a limb with the lack of hesitance they are in this performance (along with the fact that the talent is running together rather well here). There’s no glaring backend in the mix, and why would there be? Considering the strength of the groove, as light as it might be next to the melodic elements in the song, there’s just no need to get a fat bassline into the equation, which would have only obstructed our view of the vocal’s crisp qualities.

Admittedly more retro than what the status quo is calling for in this genre, or this era for that matter, “Blue Sky” at first feels like a bit of a niche release, but it doesn’t take long to realize that we’re listening to something much more provocative here. There’s a forward-thinking concept at the heart and soul of this release that makes me want to find out just how far Foundry Town Survivors are able to push the envelope while still remaining in their comfort zone, and if we’re to take away anything from the depth of “Blue Sky,” it’s that they’re working with a lot more moxie than most any of their closest peers have been in recent years. The groove in this single grabs us – hard – and takes us on a journey equally sonic and physical in nature, which isn’t common enough in music right now.

Sebastian Cole