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Single Review: The Impersonators “Cloud Nine”

Nostalgia plays an important part in human existence. It’s something that we feel or search for when we are unable to cope with the present. For many, this comes in the form of listening to songs from our childhood or music that helped us through past traumas and events. There is just something comforting about music we have heard in the past.

The populace has such an intense need for nostalgic new music acts nowadays. With so many terrible things happening in the world currently, being able to consume new music that reminds us of the happiness in the past is crucial. And that is where the song “Cloud Nine by The Impersonators comes into play. It’s sound is incredibly nostalgic. Parts of the instrumentation reminds me of the Cure, while the lyrics and vocal style are clearly influenced by R.E.M. While the drumbeat is fairly simple, it keeps the tempo really well. The bass and guitar are both unique and intricate up until the chorus. At that point, all of the music fits together like a glove. The bass groove is one of the catchiest I’ve ever heard and will definitely be stuck in my head for along time.

For a track to be so infectious is not easy to do. It is easy to make a catchy song, yes, but a lot of times a song will just become repetitive and annoying because of this. I don’t find that to be the case with “Cloud Nine.” In preparation for this review, I’ve lost count of how many times I listened to this track, and not once did I want to stop listening to it. The vocalist, Tommi Tikka sounds smooth, and he has a great way of matching the tone of the song perfectly. The instruments and the vocals balance well, giving off a sexy mood, and don’t get me started on the harmonies. I’m a huge sucker for harmonies. This track doesn’t overuse them either, which can sometimes be a turn off for a song.

Cloud Nine is a great song and is really well executed by the Impersonators. I appreciate that it goes for that 80s and 90s alternative rock sound too. Most of the throwback type of bands are too focused on the sound of the 70s. While I do love that era of music, that’s where most of the legends are from, after all, I grew up in the 90s with music that sounds like this, and I often miss it. It’s nice to hear something fresh from that sound, and I’ve already added “Cloud Nine to my Spotify playlist. I look forward to listening to it many, many more times. It’s a simple, straight-forward song, and I find it refreshing to have a song that isn’t about politics or the social climate of the day. Sometimes, I think that bands forget where the music started: With just emotion, some talent, and a need to entertain. Great work on this track for bringing that back.

-P.A.

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