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King Falcon Drops “Cadillac”

Some bands don’t mind using the same formula over and over again, and while King Falcon hasn’t been in the business of making rock music for very long, they’re already proving that they’re not a part of the aforementioned group of artists in their new single “Cadillac.” In the last couple of years, this band has cut several interesting tracks, but “Cadillac” welcomes fans of their sound into 2023 with a superbly emotional melody. They’re only a short way into their journey from the underground into the mainstream spotlight, but at the moment, they’re sounding more focused than many of their veteran contemporaries.  


This dramatized beat influences the mood of the lyrics more than we’re initially expecting it to, but I wouldn’t say that it protrudes into the fluidity of the melodicism in “Cadillac” at all. The two represent the yin and yang of the emotions being described in the lyrics, and though it’s a little on the nose, I don’t think it’s so familiar that audiences will be inclined to reject it as recycled. Nothing about this track falls into that category, which is a step up from what I’ve heard when browsing the FM dial in recent months.  

The vocal accentuates the melody that the keys produce here rather than the other way around, but this isn’t to suggest a sense of lyrical inadequacy in “Cadillac” at all. By using the verses to frame the ultra-cathartic release in the chorus – rather than centering the hook on some fanciful verse our singer could belt out in any key – we’re getting a better look at the compositional depth King Falcon have to offer than we would have in a streamlined song. This is thoughtful rock on countless levels and it’s unabashedly original (two features I love to find in the same single). 

There’s some potential to extend “Cadillac” into a jam in a live situation, based on the structure of the verses alone, and in all fairness, the loose-fitting framework of the rhythm suggests that the fireworks from such a performance could be unforgettable. King Falcon does not sound claustrophobic in this instance, but I feel like their true home is on the stage in front of a packed concert hall. Their moxie deserves to be shared, and that can only be accomplished so much in a recording studio.  


King Falcon might not be a household name yet, but their swagger is quite infectious in their latest single, to put it mildly. “Cadillac” doesn’t push the envelope so much as it revisits some iconic components of the rock n’ roll model, and in this day and age, that makes it a bit of a diamond in the rough. Some songs don’t have to get extraordinarily experimental to make an impact that is profound and unique for listeners, and from where I sit, I do believe that King Falcon’s most recent release is one of those songs in addition to being a piece of material that makes me want to listen to more of this band’s work soon. 

Mindy McCall



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