By Andrew Barr (@weeandreww)
A band who regular Blinkclyro readers really need no introduction to are Vistas, a four-piece indie rock outfit from Scotland’s capital city. The band have been covered extensively on this site – and rightly so – as they are on an undeniable hot streak which has seen them release 4 singles and an EP in the last year, as well as gigging here, there and everywhere. The indie group have played numerous headline shows in their hometown of Edinburgh as well as some high-profile gigs in Glasgow including the Barrowlands and the very first TRNSMT Festival.
This relentless run has seen Vistas establish themselves as one of Scotland’s most exciting young bands – and on latest single, Hold Me, the band can be heard bearing the fruits of the thrilling reputation they have already built for themselves. Released by LAB Records and boasting production from one of Glasgow’s most acclaimed producers Bruce Rintoul (Fatherson, Twin Atlantic), Hold Me certainly feels like Vistas’ biggest single yet. Not that the production on the band’s previous singles has ever felt sub-par, but Rintoul has taken Vistas’ sound to a new level.
The production throughout feels simply massive and allows the ambitiousness of the track to flourish, from the very beginning where a sun-drenched guitar tone with a definite funk twinge takes centre stage. The verses see the guitars taking a back seat to drums – which sound similarly massive – and perhaps frontman Prentice Robertson’s best vocal performance yet, full of variety which stops the track from ever feeling anywhere near predictable.
As usual on a Vistas track however, the chorus feels like the main attraction, as the guitars are turned back up in the mix which enables the track to further beam its funky, summery qualities. With a singalong vocal from Robertson added on top, this chorus is surely the “biggest” that Vistas have ever sounded, and is sure to go down a treat at the band’s upcoming live shows.
In short, Hold Me is the best track Vistas have released so far, and it’s not exactly short of competition. However, the soaring production combined with the slight departure into a funkier sound sees the Edinburgh four-piece sounding better than they ever have in their short but sweet discography, and stands them in good stead for the debut album that must be on their minds.