Nam Le - True Blue | Track Review | By Volume

What is this life, why do we strive? Fast on a wheel, too fast to feel. One day, my love, this life will slow. Sam Brookes - One Day
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Nam Le

True Blue

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Author: on November 11, 2013

All of this sounds boring” are the first words uttered during “True Blue”, Nam Le’s contribution to an extremely solid split between them and buddies Stolen Houses. It is in this exact mindset that Nam Le thrives; this half broken, twenty-something, post-higher-education rut, wherein we grow up and find our place – whatever that means exactly.  While this isn’t some groundbreaking realm to inhabit or a mysterious train of thought, Nam Le fit cohesively here. They could count themselves among the crop of musicians and lyricists that compliment this strange waiting period a good portion of us experience at some point or another, regardless really of social standing or geographical upbringing. Nam Le is about the free-for-all, but they make it sound so appealing.

“True Blue” keeps this tone fervent. Yet at first it could seem that the band are drifting from the more frenzied influences of their excellent debut in lieu of more melodic guitar tones and widescreen distortion. Think less post hardcore and more grunge, though the band sacrifice none of their emotional aptitude in exchange for melody. “True Blue” is certainly a more tempered tune from the band, but it is the expansive nature of the track that keeps it from dragging. Those chugging, heavy handed chords, that vocal harmonization, the wall of distorted buzz, and it all comes crashing down into one beautiful mess every time they reach “True Blue’s” invigorating refrain.


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