Here at the Send Me Your Ears Studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from The Pulltops. Stronger was released on May 26, 2023, and we’re excited to bring you this latest single from the talented multi-instrumentalist duo.
Stronger was written as a daily affirmation for themselves. Insecurities and Imposter Syndrome are a constant struggle to overcome, and the song aims to remind listeners to do their best to remain positive.
Stronger grabbed our attention immediately with powerful 80s/90s alt-rock sounds and synths. We love the deep bass that is simple but prevalent throughout the song without dominating. It sits perfectly with the track and makes it truly danceable – giving it patches of Daft Punk feeling nuances.
When the vocals come in, they are clear and present and easy to listen to. We absolutely loved the addition of extra layered vocals and tambourine in the choruses. We felt the chorus had a definite Alan Parsons Project feel to them – an artist we truly admire – so a definite big tick from us there!
The song has superb dynamics and creates plenty of rise and fall for the listener to remain engaged with. We were particularly drawn to the Jim Steinman-style cavernous drums in the lead-up to the final chorus. The final chorus built and continued to keep our interest by doing some nifty repeated vocal lines.
Ideas from our ears
A small cut around 55Hz and a boost around 75Hz could balance out the low end, adding some extra warmth and punch. A shelf boost in the top 1-2 octaves would increase the brightness too but could add to the sibilant parts of the vocal line so maybe a small cut back down around 8.5kHz. Also, there may be a slight peak in the percussion track (tambourine?) at around 12kHz so a careful surgical cut there may help. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Stronger is a positive-feeling song which we have no doubt will be stuck in our heads for quite some time to come. This was our first introduction to The Pulltops, but we will most definitely be keeping our ear to the ground for more in the future. This is right up our street!