Unfurling with an ominousness that is both distinct and devastatingly impactful on the mood of the lyrics, Ready, Steady, Die!’s “Deep” isn’t spackled with plasticity nor inauthentic bells and whistles, but its cold introduction is truly inhuman in tone. There’s something very eerie about the beat that claws its way to the surface of the mix in this song and its music video, but truth be told, rhythm is only one of the channels through which Ready, Steady, Die! will captivate their audience in this performance. Debuting out of relative obscurity in 2020, this is one duo that really caught my attention the moment I heard their music for the first time this September.
There’s a breathiness to the vocal that is impenetrable and consistently the most enrapturing component of the harmony for us to cling to here, but I don’t think I would call “Deep” a singer-centric song per-say.
We can draw as much tension from the industrial background buzzing in this track as we can the words this temptress is emitting with a divine hesitance, and without each other, this wouldn’t be the mind-bending single and music video that it is in this instance. Ready, Steady, Die! might be new on the scene, but their sound is as refreshing and untethered to trends as it gets.
“Deep” is only one of the eleven extremely provocative songs that you can find on Ready, Steady, Die!’s debut album Pleasure Ride, but for me, I think it’s the record’s most mature and full-bodied track for certain. Where a lot of this pair’s contemporaries are going light, brittle and falsetto-filled when it comes to making more experimental recordings, they’re doing the exact opposite here and showing a lot of promise in their ability to stand apart from the competition as a result. This is joint product of forty-plus years of American and British underground development, and it’s one of my favorite new songs out this month.