Helsinki, Finland-based band Colorblue are back with a new single. “You Are the Knife, I Am the Blood,” released on April 28, 2017, delivers a fun and catchy sound with a vibe for audiences to get completely lost in.
“You Are the Knife, I Am the Blood” starts with simple acoustic guitar strums, followed by a kick-hi-hat-snare drum beat and vocals. Although it sounds pleasing, it’s also too cliché, as the arrangement feels all to familiar with what’s been heard from other pop rock radio outfits including One Republic and Train. With that said, what really impresses me with this song is how much it evolves into its own thing as the song goes along. Eventually, “You Are the Knife, I Am the Blood” emits a clear dark atmosphere. The synth lines and the guitars in the instrumental break after the first verse create a sort of haunting noise that adds fear to the dancefloor, and the only way to conquer that fear is to keep on dancing!
The second verse picks off where the latter half of the first verse left off, with a slightly more active instrumental. The bass line does a lot to make this part catchy and driving with its rhythmic melody. The harmonizing ooh-ing vocals also adds to the song’s dark vibe, which should effectively keep listeners hooked on.
After the second verse, the song breaks out into another instrumental break. It sounds a little too similar to the instrumental part earlier in the song, with a more urgent synth line as the only noticeable difference. The song quiets down, and after it finishes building back up, there is a little more “pop” to the song at the peak with more active synth lines and guitars, repeating lines of, “You are the knife, I am the blood,” and a different drum rhythm where the snare is more accented.
There’s no doubt that “You Are the Knife, I Am the Blood” is a catchy, ear-grabbing song that takes a lot from elements of pop and rock. However, although the song starts off with an appropriate amount of energy, the arrangement doesn’t do much to build on the energy and there isn’t much excitement to drive the song to higher levels. With that aside, Colorblue does a good job maintaining their musical style throughout. Overall, “You Are the Knife, I Am the Blood” is a respectable and enjoyable single.
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