South Creek Revival
August - Single (2021)
Review By Kyle Yampiro
December 31, 2021
However bombastic at times, South Creek Revival's August is a wistful, anthemic ballad rife with studio augmentation that fits the song's aesthetic and fits it well.
Out of the gate, we are introduced to patches that take vocals and synthesize them in a way that serves the subdued nature of the opening and first verse. Large cymbal crashes and background vocal flourishes characterize the first refrain but leave enough room for growth later on. The rhythmic elements in both backgrounds and percussion build in the second verse, accompanied by clearly intentional dynamics leading into a bigger second refrain. This is textbook for both pop music form and a cappella covers, a tried-and-true strategy that works, especially when accompanied with the kind of energy imbued in South Creek Revival's rendition. A clear and impassioned solo, strong background voices, and timbral changes from a studio standpoint are some of the hallmarks of this track. Much like my last South Creek Revival review, the percussion grows into something heavy-handed, though this is not nearly as prevalent or all-encompassing as on The Feeling.
Listeners will walk away feeling like the various elements generally enhance the song's expression rather than detract from it, and that's a big success story for South Creek Revival.