Almost July - "Alone"
Review Written by Victoria Scott and Staff
Kicking things off, a rhythmic electric guitar slowly fades to be met by funky sub-bass and drums that make for a hypnotic groove in Almost July's new song, "Alone". The guitar drops out and is replaced by glistening ambient synths leaving space for the vocals as they enter for the first verse.
The explosive pop beats progress as the echoing back vocals double and layer over the energetic lead vocals. The production is clean and dynamic bursting with energy as Skip Glogan leads the melody with entrancing EDM inspired motifs.
Derek Broomhead keeps the rhythms tight on drums as Skip rocks out on guitar and synth. Mike Mangini mixed and mastered the electrifying track, creating a unique electronic-pop blend of EDM and rock.
Almost July fuses electronica and pop-rock with auto-tuned vocals (an effect used to get a unique vocal timbre) and techno rhythms. The lyrics are energetic and catchy, bright and expressive. The song is in-depth, reflective and passionate.
“It’s just like the movies. What I’d give to stay forever in your haze? The desire that I crave. The way you look is like a dream. Like we’re back to seventeen. Yeah, I like the way it feels when we’re alone.”
Almost July is an innovative and adventurous group with an exciting and unique pop-rock style that displays exceptional musicianship and originality. Their smooth vocals and energetic instrumentation is bold and popping. "Alone" is complex and hypnotic, giving the listener substance for the ear and mind.
About Almost July
New York-based band Almost July is the creation of Skip Glogan, who writes, produces and arranges all of their ambient, alt-pop songs. Their pre-pandemic live show had Skip playing keys and fronting the band with a combination of live instruments, samples, and electronics created and looped on the fly. The duo is completed by New York mainstay Derek Broomhead on drums and drum pads.
Almost July made their mark at iconic NYC venues Rockwood Music Hall and Mercury Lounge before sitting at home alone making music for locked down listeners. They have been avoiding total insanity by collaborating over zoom and live streaming from Skip's home studio. The result is their new single, "alone" which attempts to lean into the good, bad, and honest aspects of getting to know yourself and your loved ones in this stay-at-home era.