Smashing Birds – “Breaking Waves”

Smashing Birds is a Belgian act whose debut EP, No More Revolutions, casts an enticing ’80s-themed spell on listeners, with a contemporary guitar crunch thrown into the arsenal for good measure. The EP, produced by Das Pop guitarist Reinhard Vanbergen, shines particularly bright on track “Breaking Waves”. The vocals channel the anthemic, nostalgic presence of The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, an apt comparison in general considering the ’80s anthem approach. Synth flourishes accompany a smattering of guitar pulsations, waiting until past the three-minute mark to truly elevate with more advanced guitar shimmering and frequent synth flourishes. It caps off wonderfully, infectious in the gradual build-up of instrumentation and ascending vocal intensity.

Stream the rest of the EP below:

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