Metabards – “Prometheus”
On “Prometheus”, NYC-based Metabards combines a striking upright bass lead with a dose of Eastern-tinged hip-hop, complemented sharply by Tianya’s seductive vocals. With her moving croon and the combination of active rhythmics with a spacey soundscape, the comparisons to names like Massive Attack and UNKLE are evident, though with a very present pop-driven vocal approach also reminiscent of Janelle Monae. With the first two minutes being rather conventional, the very ghostly interlude around 02:30 presents a striking change of pace that shows Metabards’ innovation as well as their daringness to stretch stylistic boundaries. As the upright bass kicks back in, there’s no denying the sheer power of “Prometheus” in atmospherically gripping the listener.