Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite – Electrified
Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite are poised to receive enormous attention and praise for their forthcoming debut Canyon Diablo if the first single “Electrified” is any reliable indication of the quality of the release as a whole. The result of a collaboration between producers The Grand Brothers and singer/songwriter Dee, “Electrified” is the sort of unabashed cinematic pop we don’t often hear anymore. The three creative forces behind this project obviously work quite well together and they should; the Grand Brothers produced Dee’s second solo album Day by Day and helped further propel the singer’s career to new heights following success that saw Dee’s single “Miles and Miles (Living on the Edge)” featured in a Ford automotive commercial during the 2018 Super Bowl and the singer’s enormous success using YouTube as a medium for conveying his talents. The new single shows the trio’s forthcoming release will likely be remembered as one of the more memorable releases in recent pop history and, if the single is any indication, this is a creative train the three of them can ride for some time to come.
You read everywhere about pop music’s narrowing creativity, how it increasingly panders to its audience along the same tired formulaic lines, and then you hear a song like this and a little hope is restored. It’s clear that the Grand Brothers and Dee are aspiring to do more with the form than checking off the customary boxes and hoping to hit some basic marks. Instead, the arrangement for “Electrified” wants to grab your attention and it does thanks to the perfect synthesis of synthesizers, electronic rhythm section, and compelling vocals. The song, likewise, never runs on too long and that shows the trio intuitively understand exactly what the audience isn’t looking for, if nothing else, and they hone their attention in on capitalizing on that rather than losing their way with sideshows or needless flourishes. The electronic instrumentation, frequently derided as cold and sterile with other artists, has real bite in the hands of Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite without ever trying to bludgeon the audience into submission.
Dee’s vocal is the cherry on top of it all. He definitely isn’t what you would deem a normal, every day singer, but he has personality and presence that helps define the track every bit as much as what we’ve heard from his solo work and it’s apparent the Grand Brothers understand how to frame his voice for maximum effect. Everything is in balance here and, even when the music falls away and Dee’s voice stands alone, this non-traditional vocalist is obviously capable and primed to carry the tune on his shoulders for a time. The warmth in his voice and the obvious dramatic flair he pumps into his phrasing elevates some fine, far from merely placeholder, lyrics into the realm of a vital message for anyone who listens to the song. “Electrified” sends Canyon Diablo off into the word with tremendous energy and Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite are poised to soon bear the fruits of its high quality.