Single Review: Multiplier – Love You to Death

By on Wednesday, 27th April 2016 at 12:00 pm

Multiplier Love You To Death single coverMancunian band Multiplier, not to be confused with the electronic producer of the same name, have returned with a new single which is big, bold and loud, just like their home city. Now signed to North West indie label Playing with Sound, the heft of even an indie label is clear on this song, recorded at Liverpool’s storied Parr Street Studios. Starting with reasonably restrained guitar, it’s not long before drums which can only be described as thunderous kick in. Driving things along, slowly more components gather, till we’re met with the vocals and this is where the song gathers its dynamic. Singer Andy Gardner has a yowl that is reminiscent of Nick Cave, which only increases over the track’s duration.

When compared to their previous releases, it fits perfectly in tandem. They’re building upon the groundwork they’ve laid previously with ‘Heart of Gold’ and ‘Choice’, opening themselves up to develop into a crushing behemoth that could potentially rival Elbow in delivery and The Bad Seeds in haunting melody. It’s truly when the chorus kicks in that this rings true. The addition of strings creates an incredibly rousing and monumental moment that just adds to the weight behind the words “and I love you to death”.

Of course, the trouble with having such rousing choruses so early on is it kind of loses the impact toward the end of the song, which is where you really want the pick-up and resolution. It’s a double-edged sword: you’ll find the first chorus will definitely attract the listener and immediately grip them but to ensure the impact remains you shouldn’t give it all at once.

Don’t let this refrain you from listening at all. In fact, such powerful choruses are a pleasure to listen to. The bridge in the middle creates an antidote to all this, with its mellowed change and chord structure, and its wandering and escalating guitar solo that leads into the finale that drives everything home. By the time the song reaches its equilibrium, you feel as if you’ve been well and truly wooed.

Multiplier are certainly trying to take things to the next level with ‘Love You to Death’, and this is something they’ve certainly achieved. If they continue on this trend the future certainly looks bright, and there’s definitely a following out there waiting to be called home.


‘Love You to Death’, Multiplier’s new single, is out now on Playing with Sound.

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