In a warm but nonetheless eccentric melody, Ready, Steady, Die! ask us to enter their world in the new single and music video “Vent” unafraid of the eclecticisms and postmodernity that has become synonymous with their sound. Those brave enough to step forward and into this prime cut off of Pleasure Ride will soon find that, for all of the hype Ready, Steady, Die! has received in recent months, they’re a surprisingly humble-toned band when they’re playing some of their most sophisticated material. “Vent” struts like a jetsetter and slows down to maximize its indulgent pleasures whenever possible, and these days that makes it quite a dreamy and decadent piece of pop music to acquire.
There’s so much luster coming off of the instrumentation that it’s hardly easy splitting your attention between the thrust of the percussion, the searing strings, and the virtuosity of a velvety vocal in the backdrop, but I encourage you to give the track a few listens just too really embrace its full-bodied feel. I will say that this is a busy arrangement for how soft the lead vocal is, but it’s difficult for me to put anything past Ready, Steady, Die! considering how versatile a debut album they issued this year. They’re not intimidated by complexity; I think they’re thriving on it.
“Vent” crushed me with its powerful emotionality the first time I listened to it, and while I’m not convinced it’s going to be the last enticing single this band records in their career together, I absolutely think that what they’ve done here effectively sets the bar all the higher for their output moving forward. I like Ready, Steady, Die!, and though their cosmetics are spot-on, their music is the sort of well-oiled machine that makes my job a fun one from week to week. They’re off and running with a solid style here, and I’ll be interested to find out where it takes them next.
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