Our readers will remember that we recently reviewed Youngtree & The Blooms single, Heaven Ain’t A Lonely Road. Well… we’re pleased to say they’re back with a new track, Waiting For Us (Let’s Make the Time for It), and we’re even more pleased to say that this is an artist that just gets better and better.
Newfoundland (Canada) based and heavily influenced by the likes of Gord Downie (Tragically Hip), this is a track which has all the hallmarks of Canadian Rock. It feels as though it could have been lifted from the library of Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo or even Great Big Sea. It just has something about it that feels uniquely Canadian.
Starting on strummed acoustic, Youngtree’s characterful and pleasant voice soon joins the mix. Instruments are slowly added really subtly; even the drums join the mix gently rather than crashing in. This leads to the song feeling as though it’s developing well and easily maintained our interest.
There’s some great separation between sections, with some good builds and rise and fall. The 16 beat shaker in the choruses particularly helps to break up the sections.
The song has the occasional Bob Dylan moments in styling, but it feels more than Dylan. This is Canadian rock! With some occasional female backing vocals in the chorus, this song builds along nicely. A guitar solo with a great tone and some lovely note choices makes for an enjoyable break between the vocals before breaking down into a more gentle section, and then rising again to another chorus. The drummer really has a great handle on separating sections and maintain interest. There’s some superb fills and clever use of changes in the ride and hi-hat that work superbly.
From a production perspective, perhaps a boost at around 60Hz for a little more thump to the kick drum. A boost in the high mids and highs centred around 7kHz with an additional high shelf boost in the top octave for more brightness and presence overall. Very small adjustments needed if at all. The song is already a great production.
If you’re looking for authentic Canadian Rock, look no further than Youngtree & The Blooms. We urge you to keep your eyes peeled for tour dates and to add this great track to your spotify playlist.