Music Review – “High Line”

Artist: The Bone Chimes
Single: “High Line”

Music has a way of becoming part of our everyday lives. Personally, there is nothing I love more than creating and listening to a personal soundtrack when I am out and about in the world. The songs on my playlist are typically not of the average pop music variety, and, in many of the songs, the musicians are able to create pictures about the world around them. “High Line” by The Bone Chimes is one such song.

Created in 2010, The Bone Chimes is an indie rock band from New York. The band released their first album, In the Muck, in 2013, which they boasted contained music comparable to a combination between Buddy Holly and Dave Matthews Band. Inspired by David Bowie, The Beatles, and Buddy Holly, The Bone Chimes’ new single transcended all of my expectations. “High Line” is a single from the band’s upcoming album that is to be released this spring.

The song starts with a simple down-to-earth sound, a wholesome blend between vocals, bass guitar, and an electric beat. As the song progresses, the drums are slowly introduced and the song picks up tempo. The song made me think of walking downtown in a busy city, where the traffic is subject to the ebb and flow of the traffic lights, and the city takes on a rhythm of its own.

Almost as if The members of The Bone Chimes must have wished to create a song that captured the essence of an urbanized setting, because the band had the genius to add a large variety of sounds to the song. The typical rock elements are present, but the addition of the occasional backup female vocals, and trumpet playing keep the song fresh and fun. In fact, I have listened to it several times, and have yet to tire of it because I keep finding something new.

The singing in the song reminds me of The Tragically Hip, but with a twist. That homey singing combined with the back-up singing elevates this song from the average urban rock to a song with an intense human element that some modern music has failed to capture.

The vocals are filled with hope and new beginnings. Whether it’s a night on the town, or wandering the urban sprawl in the hope of finding something new, the lyrics in “High Line” capture the promises that a city offers to those who seek their wishes fulfilled amongst its high rises and never-ending sidewalks.

So if you are looking for a song with an upbeat tempo that will put a spring in your step while walking around town, be sure to check out “High Line” by The Bone Chimes.

Samantha Stevens is an aspiring writer who loves combining her love for literature with photography, painting, music, and all creative pursuits.