I See Stars – Yellow King (Track Of The Day, 5th January)

As our name says, we love depth, and with music this can simply mean that it’s multi-faceted and brings a number of different sounds to the table. I See Stars does multi-faceted very well, with each song on their Treehouse album seeming to almost run the full gamut from angelically sung dance music to thrashing and growling metal.

We love Treehouse in its entirety, but the last song, “Yellow King” is one we have in our head at the moment and therefore is today’s Track Of The Day.

“Yellow King” has such a quirky introduction with an intriguing beat. Is it just me, or upon every re-listen does this quirky intro start to sound a bit smug and smirking, like “You have NO idea where this song is going, do you?!”? (Okay so maybe it’s just me..)

Put your headphones on and hit play and you’ll hear what I’m getting at.

While you’re listening, here’s what else we love about “Yellow King”:

  • The blast beats and every. single. thing. about the drumming (thank you, Luke Holland).
  • The whispered vocals (“the stars aren’t far enough for you to grab them right out of the sky”).
  • The pre-chorus build up (“Nobody seems to fear the truth more than me”).
  • The keys interludes (as per the introduction).
  • The lyric “So lay it on me / So lay it on me / It seems you’re scared of taking chances I’m not”.
  • The feral post-chorus heaviness (“Reoccuring dreams, pulling out my teeth / In a crowded white room”).
  • The blasting drums and raunchy guitar over clean vocals foreshadowing the following growl-fest.
  • The angelic vocal interlude (“Riiiight out of the sky”).
  • The stormy and defeatist bridge (“All this time I’ve been waiting to let you go”).
  • The heaviness of the last chorus right before the quirky keys complete the song.

What did you think of “Yellow King”? You can stream it as well as the other tracks on Treehouse with the Spotify links below.

Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it. [Loved the read? Shout Kel a latte.]

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