SHIELDS release unique alt-pop single ‘Babel’

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5.5

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SHIELDS returned with their new EP ‘Etemenankito’ this month after a lengthy absence whilst they set up their own record label and artist management company ‘Kaleidoscope’.

The Newcastle five-piece have crafted a reputation for innovative Alt-Pop instrumentation and delicate harmonies, built upon stunning live performances alongside Placebo, Walk The Moon and Everything Everything.

Driven by funky guitars and bass, the track’s lyrics also perfectly capture the current zeitgeist, espousing a frustration at not being able to believe a word they hear in the post-truth political era.

For me, however, ‘Babel’ doesn’t quite cut it compared to the rest of the singles. The Caribbean style drums are out of touch with the rest of the tracks and the vocals aren’t strong enough physically and during the mastering.

“When you look at what has happened to the world over the last couple of years, with people divided in the UK over Brexit, the UK divided from the rest of Europe over the same issue, the internal conflict in the US over Trump’s presidency, and escalating tensions between the West and Russia, it seems like the world is perhaps as divided as it has been at any point since the second World War. And this comes at a time when it should, in theory at least, be easier to connect to people all over the world, particularly via social media. It seems like the more we can communicate, the further we drift apart.” – SHIELDS

Good

  • Up beat

Bad

  • Weak vocals physically and in mastering
  • Off from the rest of the EP

Summary

For me, however, 'Babel' doesn't quite cut it compared to the rest of the singles. The Caribbean style drums are out of touch with the rest of the tracks and the vocals aren't strong enough physically and during the mastering. 
5.5

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