“Summer Resurrection,” the new single from new alternative group RYAL, pays homage to one of the less appreciated eras of much these days: the 90s and early 00s. By blending electronic and analog sounds, RYAL creates a modern yet classic sound.
The electronic elements like the static and synthesizer are contrasted by the guitar and strings. This creates an extremely rich sound, but one that is also quite delicate. This song is never abrasive; it builds very gently. The bridge is hidden after a wonderful instrumental section.
There are many similarities to be drawn here between RYAL and other alternative groups from the 90’s. Swedish group Ace of Base comes to mind. “Summer Resurrection” is very cinematic, it almost sounds like the theme to a James Bond film. I equate this to the abundance of strings which create a nice artistic flare.
I found myself getting totally lost in “Summer Resurrections.” I was sitting waiting for the song to peak but it just kept gliding along and suddenly it was over. Perhaps the ideal word to describe this song is smooth. Jacque Ryal’s vocals are superb. They add a lot of elegance to the song. I mustn’t overshadow her keyboard playing either nor what I believe to be Aaron Nevezie’s guitar.
This song really shines lyrically. “What we’ll find under the bed, all the promises exposed” is one line that intrigues me. There is a level of curiosity I find myself in when hearing “Summer Resurrection” and it is hard for me to pinpoint why but the lyrics certainly have a hand in it. The chorus is extremely catchy and beautiful. The lyrics themselves are limited which allows for more attention for the instrumentation.
Released around the same time as the main single was the “Strings Version” of “Summer Resurrection.” A cleaner version of the original and slightly less electronic; I prefer this version for that very reason. For those who like the slightly more techno style, the original single will treat. Those who prefer a more traditional sound that focuses on the instruments, the “Strings Version” is just as wonderful. No matter which style you fancy, RYAL has you covered.
As my first introduction to RYAL, “Summer Resurrection” has left a lasting mark. It has inspired me to take a deep dive into their catalog. A catalog which is full of fantastic and diverse tunes, and considering RYAL consists of only two main members, there are plenty of contributing musicians, it is impressive.
“Summer Resurrection” is not the most adventurous song I’ve ever heard. In fact, there are some RYAL songs I would take over, I really love “Cars” (2019) and “Jill” (2016) being two of my favorites of theirs. However, I can’t help but find myself drawn to it. It is mysterious which makes it very appealing. It’s hard for me to imagine that there isn’t at least something for everyone to enjoy in this track. It is a truly great listen.