ARTIST: You, Me and the Harmony
ALBUM NAME: Comets Collide
RELEASE DATE: 24 July 2020
COUNTRY: South Africa
GENRE: Alternative Pop Rock
Cait Ford – Vocals
Carl Dos Santos – Guitar
Caleb Smith – Drums
Brendon McCaig – Bass, backing vocals
I’ll be blunt. I didn’t expect to enjoy Comets Collide as much as I do. Yet here I am, in awe of how spectacular it is. This album is easy on the ears, and each song featured on it is an earworm (of the best kind).
I have one complaint, though. As I listened to the album, I got so into it that when it ended I felt betrayed. The band can expect a strongly worded letter from me any day now. It says:
Dear You, Me and the Harmony,
How dare you make an album that good, yet that short?
Despite this, and all jokes aside, Comets Collide hits hard. I was struck by how relatable the lyrics are. Every line resonated with me. Believe me when I say that such things don’t happen often in my life.
Comets Collide took me back to my youth, when the teens of the 2000s sang (and cried) our souls out to the pop-punk and emo hits that were all the rage. Listening to this album carries the same blissful innocence, but with a melancholy hint of maturity.
Full of energy from beginning to end, the band’s stellar performance perfectly portrays the themes the album explores. From the aches of relationships to the growing pains of dealing with ourselves; Taking leaps into the unknown and contemplating how we fit into the familiar; Comets Collide is a blend of ideas that are bound to touch your soul. It’s sweet, cheeky, soulful and fun, and I’ll go as far as to say that it easily ranks as one of the best pop-rock albums my ears have enjoyed.
This album is a prime example of how underrated South African music is, and rest assured I am going to listen to it over and over again. It’s a rare gem, and—cross my heart—the only fault I could find is that there’s not enough of it.
Reviewed by: Kelly Damon