It’s difficult to review a single song because you only get that single instance of a band to introduce themselves. Adios Audio released two singles in 2016. Both were great, but there wasn’t much to go off of with the title track and instrumental. Combining the two singles into one review is also a challenge because the two songs are split into four tracks. The great thing about Adios Audio is that the instrumental tells a lot about the band. The vocals are the final presentation, but instrumentals show off the audio ideas.
“Bam Bam Bam” came out in September and was the first single. The band started in January 2016 so the band released music relatively quickly. I’d seen a lot of YouTube live performances so it was clear that the members are experienced. “Bam Bam Bam” is a song that combines a melodic rock arrangement with strong female vocals. The vocals actually have a bit of a ballad-esque tone. They’re calm and precise without straining over the instruments. I like how, in this case, the vocals play an important role to grab your attention, but the backing melodies combine together to highlight everything. Even the drums don’t simply sit keeping the beat, but add flourishes the entire song. The mixing of “Bam Bam Bam” could have lead to an uneven track, but when listening to the instrumental, it’s clear that things were arranged precisely. Even the bass is able to showcase itself, which is usually difficult.
“Like Snow” released at the end of November 2016. It’s different from “Bam Bam Bam” because it’s more of an indie/melodic/ballad style song. Another highlight is that the vocals mix between English and Korean pretty seamlessly. Like “Bam Bam Bam,” the instrumentals are complex and provide a lot of dimension around the vocals. “Like Snow” is a song for the end of the year. The emotion that comes across is subdued, but you can feel a freshness from the vocals. In comparison to “Bam Bam Bam,” “Like Snow” definitely adds a different perspective to Adios Audio. They’re a band that uses a rock core, but is able to use melodies and rhythms to keep songs very dynamic. The instrumental for “Like Snow” is excellent because you’re able to hear how verses change and keep the song from becoming stale.
With two official releases, Adios Audio have shown off two sides. If the band is able to release an EP or full length, hopefully these songs are a sample of the length that Adios Audio can go. There are a lot of things to enjoy with their music, the only problem is waiting for more to release.