Listen to this song. It is fantastic. I cannot stress this enough. Please, listen to it.
“I lost my name, and my touch
I lost my mind, it wasn’t worth much.”
Or so the lyrics for Irish indie-rock five-piece Third Smoke’s new single ‘Maya’ say. However, the brain that birthed these four-plus minutes of gorgeous audio deserves both a high-price and high-praise indeed.
Now, before I go any further, I must let you know that I am not easily won over. Each day, I traipse through song after song, disappointedly skipping after a minute as they don’t meet my high expectations. Yet, within moments of this track first meeting my earphones, I knew I was hearing something special.
Beautifully blending harmonies, catchy choruses, a delicious off-beat hi-hat and an unexpected brass interlude, this song gave me everything I wanted and more. It’s even accompanied by a stylish new, light-show based music video. What’s not to love?
The band’s energetic sound takes playful vocal interplay and moreish lyrics reminiscent of the traditional and Irish folk and sea shanties and drags them into the twenty first century, with each band member contributing one or more lively instrumental layers to a crowd-pleasing, venue-filling track.
Third Smoke are a band destined for big things. Big sounds, big venues, and big songs. And, if their next release comes even close to the marvel that is ‘Maya’, they’re certain to hit success faster than the time it took me to add this to my current playlist – about 22 seconds, for those that were wondering.