The Vanities have had quite a run in the music world, reflecting on the real. After a decade long self-imposed exile, they are back with a unique, fresh sound in 2021 with the album, 2001. Now, they choose a different tone for a different message-with the issues that plague us. This is their latest single to come out on 31/03/23, Private Army.
The 80s pop rock sound with the synth heavy blankets leads to a different effect in tone. With Private Army, The Vanities shine a light on the war torn side of Europe, almost a year after it began. As expected, this song is a morose, melancholy undertone, with strings and isolated piano bringing the desired flavour within the song. The harmonies are haunting, initiating goosebumps that will remind you of the horrendous circumstances that some are going through. It reflects the pain, while leading the powerful song with amazing melodies. The vocals transpire all the sorrow and pain successfully, creating a heartfelt song that truly understands what the plight of people might be. A song like this would repeat for what it means to listeners, and people who are eyewitnesses, alike. The extended version showcases the dramatic outro with more strings, something that is really moving.
The sorrow of war
I associated this song with the critically acclaimed movie Syriana, which showcases the filthy politics in the context of war. This song, however, is not a snippet of entertainment to associate with a movie, but to depict to people who might have forgotten what is out of sight. Tragedy strikes some people every day, and The Vanities are reminding us to hold a candle for those who lay down their lives against warmongers. Follow them and be prepared for the official release on the 31st of this month!
Check out the track here as well: https://thevanities.bandcamp.com/album/private-army