Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from UK artist, Victoria Simmonds. Last Dance in the Rain was released on February 10, 2023, and is an earnest and profound song about the effects of dementia and Alzheimers and other memory-related illnesses. The song speaks of the loss of the mind before the body and the hope that although they are not with us in mind the hope that they are happy, dancing in the rain. 

Last Dance In The Rain starts with the sound of rain in your ears as distant instrumentation fades in. The chorus guitars are warm and inviting.

The moment the vocals come in, you can’t help but draw comparisons to Stevie Nicks. Victoria’s head voice is well-controlled, with just a hint of vibrato at the end of the longer notes. Her use of twang is brought in at just the right moments to give some extra passion to the performance and to help the vocals cut through.

We love the incidental chorus guitars that play dreamy riffs between the vocal lines. The harmonies in the chorus are a particularly great touch, drawing further comparisons to Fleetwood Mac’s style. We were particularly impressed with the portamento harmony vocals at the very end of the chorus.

A breakdown section changes things up a little at the end, with some superb use of side stick with bright reverbs and more dreamy guitars, before leading the song out as it began; with more rain sounds.

Ideas from our ears

A boost around 55Hz would give some more depth and thump to the kick drum. Another boost around 250Hz could increase the overall warmth in the track. The top snare mic is resonating a little around 195Hz, so a careful surgical cut here could help it fit a little better. The vocal track is a little heavy around 700Hz and again around 1.3-1.4kHz, particularly in the choruses, so a couple of cuts in these areas could reduce some slightly ‘honky’ and ‘tinny’ tones. Finally, a boost centred around 5kHz could add some extra presence and clarity overall. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final Thoughts

Victoria Simmonds’ latest single, Last Dance in the Rain, is a thought-provoking indie pop/rock song which will undoubtedly delight fans of Fleetwood Mac. We’re looking forward to hearing more from this talented artist from Hampshire, UK.

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