Ricksha Radio - Undone
Rock, Classic, Indie
Vermont, United States
Overall Impression: Undone is the newest release by Prog Rock group Ricksha Radio. Opening with a cool bass line and screaming guitars, Undone gives the first impression as being a killer rock tune but soon takes listeners through an extended journey of styles. The song turns pages between metal, industrial, electronic, folk, and a dozen other genres. The transitions are sometimes abrupt and at other times a slow burn. Generally speaking, Undone is a musical collage. Lyrically, the song portrays a somber message about the ramifications of suicide. With images of loss, sympathy, anger, and confusion, Undone appears to arrive from the stream of consciousness of someone in the various stages of grief. After a second listen, it is clear that Undone is not trying to be anything in particular, it is its own massive world full of ideas and variation. Overall, Undone by Ricksha Radio is so intriguing and performed so virtuosically, that it has no problem keeping listeners hooked for twelve minutes.
Strongest Point(s): Without a doubt, the instrumental work is the highlight on this track. The different sound worlds the song passes through require very adept musicians.
Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Prog Rock will be at home with this great new release by Ricksha Radio
Artist target suggestions: Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, Coheed and Cambria, Rush, Porcupine Tree, Meatloaf, Dream Theater, Nile, Kansas, Nevermore
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About the Reviewer:
Zachary Larson is a professional touring guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured internationally as a classical chamber musician, in the show band onboard luxury cruise lines, and with the broadway musical Finding Neverland. His recorded work spans from classical works and jazzy holiday tunes, to mind-bending experimental music. His arrangements of orchestral music are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver.