Dan Smyth’s Experimental Takes In Latest Art Rock Single, “The One”
The 80s are a popular era of music for artists to look for inspiration, especially as they add a modern twist on various musical elements, including electronic instruments and resonant vocals. One such track embodying this 80s soundscape is “The One” by Dan Smyth. Smyth’s latest single incorporates many musical elements from the 80s. Along with these 80s elements, “The One” is reminiscent of Radiohead’s beats and musical tempo during their heyday, mixed with Coldplay’s lyricism and vocal performance.
This particular track mainly focuses on the instrumental, as the vocals don’t come into play until about 45 seconds into the song. Although there are vocals, they sparsely punctuate the instrumental throughout the track, so lovers of more instrumental-heavy music will love this groovy new single.
“The One” begins with various electronic music elements, which continue as the synth and drum pads weave their way through the instrumental. Incorporating these electronic instruments brings an underlying 80s sound, specifically from bands such as the Eurythmics and Depeche Mode.
Even then, Smyth’s vocal performance on the track sounds like a mixture of the previously mentioned Depeche Mode and even Chris Martin from Coldplay. It is especially apparent during the chorus as Smyth sings, “One with these miracles/ One with these chemicals/ One with this mad world/ One in life with all that lives.”
“The One” is a single from Dan Smyth’s newest album, Eye Dream, which is full of tracks with a similar experimental and art rock sound. Dan Smyth’s solo musical career began before Eye Dream, with his first album, I Can’t Wait, in 2019. Smyth also is a part of the country rock band the Trainhoppers.
To hear more music from Dan Smyth and to stay up to date on his latest projects, check out his website and Facebook, and give his newest album, Eye Dream, a listen via Bandcamp. In the meantime, be sure to give “The One” a listen below!