The second single from Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite’s album Canyon Diablo, “Strange Intuition”, accelerates the momentum the collaboration between producers/writers The Grand Brothers and singer/songwriter Dee generated with the album’s first single “Electrified”. The band cites a variety of influences for their material, but the latest single demonstrates no clear pedigree while still working well within the realm of electro-influenced rock. The hard-hitting, yet immensely stylish, approach to this single moves them further afield of the cookie cutter approach lesser outfits seize on as their entrance into the popular musical world, but Dee’s previous success with singles like “Miles and Miles (Living on the Edge)” and “Filter Factory” and the Grand Brothers’ track record as successful writers and producers proves to be a potent recipe for the outfit’s current and growing success.
OFFICIAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBYqGlVyOoE
There’s less of an overt electronic or synthesizer presence in the new single than we heard with Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite’s previous single “Electrified” and choosing to take on a more straight forward rock approach results in a much punchier performance. The production of the song underlines this element of their performance, emphasizing the drums and guitars above all else, but Dee’s vocals are much rawer as well. Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite does throw in some interesting variations on the aforementioned approach, but those moments are invariably brief. It’s a hard hitting track, overall, but the chorus brings the hammer down on listeners in a more emphatic manner than anywhere else throughout the song. The song, essentially, runs four minutes long, a good length for a single of this type, but never overreaches. “Strange Intuition” sounds like a tune where the three creative principles had a clear idea of what they wanted to accomplish with this track before ever committing it to a recording. The spectacular success of the final product attests to their confidence and artistic certainty.
The singing, courtesy of Dee, and the song’s words are equally powerful. Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite has produced a streamlined listening experience where each element informs and strengthens the other and Dee’s voice and writing helps push “Strange Intuition” over the top. The lyrical inventiveness at play during this song are a cut above the usual effort from bands and other outfits in this genre; they work exceptionally well at invoking a point of view without ever subtracting from the song’s musical experience. It’s no mean trick. More often than not, lyrics end up more perfunctory than meaningful, but this new single and the preceding offering “Electrified” prove Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite do not fall into that camp. Instead, they are poised to address each composition as a whole rather than merely hitting their marks in certain areas. The level of polish and physicality coming together on “Strange Intuition” is distinctly different from what we hear from similarly themed acts and Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite are likely to expand on its promise with each succeeding release. Following them from this point onward should behoove every serious music fan and even casual listeners will be immensely entertained by their work.