Like Lions has a lot going for it. The talent is there. The creativity is there. The execution is there. The vibe is there. This project has something that I consider to be extremely important. It has a uniqueness, which belongs only to this specific project. With a bit more risk-taking & recklessness, I foresee this project becoming something remarkable. At this point, it is a really nice easy listen, which will appeal to wide variety of listeners. However, I personally want to hear this project move in a riskier direction, but I can’t speak for the general public.
Like Lions – 2018 Singles
“Back to the Hill” is a nicer, even easier listen. The arrangement is more organic & folk driven. The emphasis on acoustic instrumentation & the decrease in synth work give this song that Like Lions uniqueness which I mentioned earlier. I find it funny that the vibe is split right between Death Cab for Cutie & The Postal Service. It has the honesty of an acoustic singer-songwriter combined with the arrangement that would appeal to more of a mainstream, pop audience. However, I find that the production, specifically the drums should be addressed in future recordings. The drum sounds & mixing work in general make it sound a bit dated. It’s not on the level on present day radio pop, production-wise. It has a bit more of a 90’s electronic sound to it. This song in particular seems like it would benefit a lot from a solid live drummer & perhaps a more experienced producer/engineer.
With all those things in mind, this project has the potential to be something really noteworthy. Right now, it seems that Like Lions is still figuring itself out. I think that it’s moving in the right direction though. Like Lions is definitely worth a listen & I’d personally suggest starting with “Flashlights & Sirens.”
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