Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from US artist, Ubiquity Machine. Hey You was released on February 11 2023 and is a superbly quirky art rock track.
Hey You starts with cavernous drums with a backwards-like effect. The song feels perhaps reminiscent of Beck at the start.
As Hey You progresses, it fades into a picked electric guitar with some wonderfully interesting note choices that set the listener slightly off-guard. It feels just a touch creepy at this point. It made us think it’s the kind of song that could be used in the background of a stalker movie or similar!
When the vocals come in, they reminded us of Nick Cave. Clear and present in the mix and beautifully low and warm with a gorgeous vibrato on the longer notes. We like the offbeat strums on the guitar in the verses and the percussive sounds are really interesting at this point and piqued our interest and maintained our attention.
Hey You has a storytelling feel to the lyrics. We loved the section with the telephone effect on the vocals and the distorted breathing sounds over arpeggiated guitar at the end of the track were a highly creative unsettling touch.
The layered vocals in the chorus over the arpeggiated guitars work well and the bass line is melodic and interesting.
The whole song has a kind of Doors-like psychedelic feel. It is unsettling but captivating. It is true Art Rock. It demands your attention and puts you on the edge of your seat, but you can’t stop listening.
Ideas from our ears
A hi-pass filter at 35Hz and a further EQ cut centred around 70Hz would clear up the low end a little and reduce a little ‘boominess’. To our ears, there are features in the percussion which could benefit from a small high shelf boost around 12kHz to enhance them a little more. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Ubiquity Machine’s latest single, Hey You, is exciting and interesting, quirky and unique. Perhaps a track for a late night playlist. We strongly recommend for fans of The Doors, Art Rock and Classic Rock influences.