Angular, Skittering Rock with a Creamy Center
Rahim not only draws inspiration from a specific sound -- think Fugazi, The Dismemberment Plan, and other bands that add an element of adventurousness to rock and hardcore punk -- but it also expands on those acts' exploratory sensibilities. The trio maintains exacting control over its requisite angular guitars and skittering drums, at the same time doling out unexpectedly lush backup harmonies and a melancholy, restrained organ.
On "Forever Love," the group creates an enchanting post-punk ballad with a creamy, gooey heart. An ode to a beloved sweetheart, the song tells a tale of timeless romance, while evoking disparate eras, childhood memories, and hazy summers. Images of green grass and spiral staircases glide effortlessly by on a bed of sweetly refined melodies.
Buffed into perfection by producer J Robbins, "Forever Love" juxtaposes sharp instrumental edges with the billowing softness of Michael Friedrich's rich, soothing vocals. Rahim's fresh instrumentation sounds sparse, yet it still feels lush and playful -- a perfect counterpart to the song's witty, literate lyrics.
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