Burned Out /// The Loveseats

The Loveseats’ Joshua Barrera and Ryan Reaves have continued their newly revamped sound with the release of the groove based “Burned Out” that is both simultaneously meditative and head bobbing. The rhythm section blends Hip-Hop with syncopated drum programming, allowing a tasteful bass line to take center stage throughout the song. 


The Loveseats’ Joshua Barrera and Ryan Reaves have continued their newly revamped sound with the release of the groove based “Burned Out” that is both simultaneously meditative and head bobbing. The rhythm section blends Hip-Hop with syncopated drum programming, allowing a tasteful bassline to take center stage throughout the song. 

A flanger-like guitar effect that reminisces record scratching adds to the mellow timbre as a repetitive piano lead hypnotizes you into the musical space “Burned Out” exists in.

Distorted and verbed out vocals flow nicely over the groove, reminiscent of the sound the Gorillaz became known for, and The Loveseats execute this really well. The last leg of the song presents a nice moment of harmonizing synthesizers as new layers are introduced allowing the ear to enjoy a break from the hypnotic nature of the song. The duo have done a great job in covering a full range of the sound spectrum as strange high frequency sounds improvise over the low end rhythm section and relaxed piano that dances in the midrange. 

Lyrically, the vocals are cryptic and deliberately so with how they duo has effected and presented them in the mix. Themes of time and expiration are present in the lyrics, but due to the nature of the delivery, they never come off as pretentious or preachy. 

Sonically, don’t expect a typical song structure. The Loveseats are going to grab your attention for the song’s ‘5:21’ duration and prioritize its meditative trajectory more than the normal standards of how verses, bridges, and choruses should be presented. It’s another element that makes this sound refreshing. 

For fans of music that keeps your feet tapping while also relaxing, “Burned Out” won’t disappoint. In a market of short attention spans and music that’s force fed to grab it, The Loveseats have offered your ears a great alternative that can remind us all of the beauty that sits in the subtle.

Written by Jon Kagan

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