Dark and brooding with a uniquely melancholic essence, ‘Crown Of Thorns’ by The Subtheory is captivating electronic, trip-hop that captures a vibe unlike anything else.
The Subtheory – Crown Of Thorns
Sitting delicately between the realms of ambient synth and gorgeously structured drums is Cate Debu on vocals. She reels you in with an ethereal voice that’s just perfect for the bands sound. The sonically rich guitar work by Pat Scott sits nicely atop rock solid bass work by George Lambourne and Andy Hill, the founder of this multi-talented project has hit the production nail on the head here.
Lyrically the track is superb. While whimsical and sometimes plaintive the single is powerful in essence as the narrator takes you on an emotional journey. The chemistry between the four is on full display here. You can really breathe in the atmosphere and know this is a band that knows who they want to be and where they want to go.
‘Crown Of Thorns’ continues the group’s foray into addressing intimate, emotional struggles and feelings that have become a staple of their melancholic and dreamily eerie sound. The crashing drums and thick bass lines are insatiably addictive and paired with profound lyricism and warm vocals it’s a soundscape you want to dive into time and time again. Dripping with pain and heartache, Debu’s voice is not only an essential part of this band but an immediate hit in the alternative electronica scene.
A necessary part of cementing their brilliant sound, an ode to the production has to be mentioned. Elegant, and refined but not afraid to push boundaries, The Subtheory’s eclectic sonic landscapes are tethered to the lush and rich production values on every song. ‘Crown Of Thorns’ is absolutely no exception to the rule, dragging you into a celestial river of music you never want to be free of. Set to release their debut album in early 2024, The Subtheory have amassed a strong following thanks to their alt sound and unique aura.
“Describing themselves as ‘Outsider art for those that don’t quite fit in’ it’s clear they have found themselves in their cathartic art. With their new single ‘Crown Of Thorns’, it’s no wonder so many others feel the same.”
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Words by Ciarán Coleman