By Liam Menzies (@blinkclyro)
It seems like one of Scotland’s hottest up and coming acts has taken on the mantra of “new year, new me” with their latest single. Yes, Vistas, who just a few months ago delivered their first EP Medicine that I said cements their bright future, have come out with Feel Alive which, on name alone, feels like it’s going to deliver funky rhythms left, right and centre. While the track never does so, it does enough to reassure fans that Vistas aren’t going to stagnate anytime soon.
Feel Alive may not be the band’s strongest track but it definitely incorporates some interesting elements that seem to outweigh any of the negatives such as the fuzzy guitars and gang vocals that will adapt effortlessly to a gig environment. The lyrics, which never are the main draw of a Vistas song, are still solid as always and demonstrate that there is focus and attention paid to each moving part of the band’s audio body. The very polished nature of the song, which isn’t necessarily bad, is possibly the only gripe with Feel Alive as it stops the song becoming a huge leap into the evolution river rather than a dip of the toes.
Despite that though, Vistas have made the wise choice of attempting to breathe new life into their constantly growing list of songs which is admirable and the band manage to do it with only a minor hitch. Most important of all, though, is that the Edinburgh pop rock outfit are just as ambitious as they were when Sign Language dropped last year and it seems like they will do for the foreseeable future.