I ran a contest a few months ago looking for FutureHits. Hundreds of entries came in, but there’s only three awards. I’ll highlight the ones that were the cream of the crop over the next few days.
In 3rd Place is the group Telecommunicators with their song “Sorrows”. This Nashville-based group is a combo throwback to new wave 80s electro, but it also throws in snippets of 90s Industrial rock in a way that feels a touch fresh. Not an easy feat in this day and age.
What makes it a FutureHit? Many FutureHit followers would note that, for one, the intro is a standard 16 seconds. When I constantly call for shorter intros, how could I award a prize to a track with a longer intro? Well, the main reason is because the intro itself. With a buzzsaw guitar in your left ear and spare computer bleeps in the right ear, I’m intrigued. I’m not necessarily hooked, but I know I’m not getting a regurgitated melody line intro.
The changeup to the chorus is what really snagged me. Just before the song hits a minute, the song both shifts the chords AND gets unexpectedly quiet in the beginning of the chorus. Not just a small dropout, but a full couple of measures of calm. Then, when the chorus ends, the full attack of keyboard blips and searing guitar just snags me in. If this is your kind of music, you’re now hooked into the song.
The overall discomfort of the chorus is also interesting. The chords are actually designed like a perpetual unresolved chord. So throughout the whole chorus (which is also simple and repetitive), you’re just dying for the resolve to find some relief. Not comforting for a pop fan but for those looking for a touch of a musical challenge, this is really intriguing.
Then, the song ends with a sneaky ending that just makes me want to listen to this again. I’ve always got a soft spot for this sound, admittedly. But that alone won’t cut it for me. Some unique elements cause this to stick out for the genre, remain very catchy, and engaging enough for a 3rd place finish!