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Essential Listening: ‘Balcony’ captures sound of indie rock

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The Welsh indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen first made the mark in the genre in 2014 with their debut solo album, The Balcony. Photo via Wikimedia Commons courtesy of User: W7KyzmJt.

Tired of your Spotify playlists? The Purbalite is here to help with our Essential Listening series.

The Welsh indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen first made the mark in the genre in 2014 with their debut solo album, The Balcony. 

The Balcony was a hit album and it was featured in both the FIFA 15 and FIFA 23 soundtracks. 

The most well-known song on the album, “Cocoon,” has a collection of electric guitar ad-libs along with a presence of heavy instrumentals. The vocals of the song pair nicely with the overall intense melody of the song. 

“Fallout” has a melancholy melody highlighted by the use of electric guitar and drum cymbals, creating a cohesive listening experience. 

“Homesick” has a heavy presence of beats, cymbals, and electric guitar features. It has an upbeat melody that pairs nicely with the vocals of the lead singer, Ryan Evan “Van” McCann.

“Kathleen” has intense vocals paired alongside the heavy instrumentals. It follows the same style as “Homesick,” with the upbeat melody matching the vocals. 

Overall, the album, The Balcony, serves as a great representation of the indie rock genre, and it deserves a listen. 

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Entertainment Editor Tumi Ojo is a senior and a fourth-year member of the Purbalite. She can be found talking with friends, drawing, listening to music, or napping.
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