Each time I listen to Beautiful Machines’ brand-new single Real Love, I appreciate it more. It all started yesterday when SoundCloud was like “Oh, this track is new, you should listen to it.” I complied, and the song’s heavy, purposeful instrumentals scored it a spot on my setlist for next week (shameless plug: The Mix Plate, Thursdays noon-3). But when I decided I’d review it, a few more listens were in order. I noticed how the tone changes from searching, lost, even a little angsty in the long intro (“You build a wall to touch the nothing / I build a bridge to meet you there”) to yearning, sad but hopeful in the chorus: “Why we could never be friends … we need some real love…” Throughout the track, beautifully layered drums and guitar combine with echoey vocals to create a musical landscape worthy of exploring over and over.
Many other reviewers are referring to 80s nostalgia. Maybe if I’d been around for the 80s I would feel it too. But it’s still an awesome song. Here, check out the colorful and futuristic music video:
Beautiful Machines is a three-piece synthpop/indie electronica band from San Francisco. Hmm, just what I like. Their only full album so far, Disconnect::Reconnect, won an Independent Music Award last year for best Indie/Alt-Rock album. More on them at www.beautifulmachinesmusic.com.