REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Having impressed with last year’s debut release ‘VERSUS’, New York two-piece VISTA are back with a new EP.
The band recently told me about the sheer amount of hard work and effort that they have put into producing ‘Long Live’, and this is clear throughout each of the seven tracks.
There has been noticeable development in regards to the sound, which for the most part, is bigger, louder and more anthemic.
This fits well with the lyrical content, which focuses on the theme of forming an allegiance and finding an ‘oasis’ in a dystopian society, something that should resonate with a lot of young people living in today’s world.
Hope Vista’s vocal delivery adapts with ease to the more experimental aspects of the EP, where the duo also get to show exactly how diverse they can be, with ‘Inside Anxious’ employing the use of distorted vocals and ‘Part III’ seeing them eschew the anthem rock in favour of a softer acoustic approach.
It is difficult to pick a standout out of such a well-crafted offering, but if I had to, it would be ‘Dominance 2.0’, which I believe could be the track with which they make a major breakthrough.
Originally a solo track from Hope, with the addition of Greg Almeida’s heavy guitar riffs, the song perfectly captures how solid the pair have become as a musical partnership in the last year.
In conclusion, ‘Long Live’ represents a real step up for VISTA from their debut and shows how much they have grown in confidence and maturity in the time since.
TOP TRACK: ‘Dominance 2.0’
The EP lyrically focuses on the theme of forming an allegiance and finding an ‘oasis’ in a dystopian society, something that should resonate with a lot of young people living in today’s world.