In this world of Spotify and the need for instant gratification, it’s more important than ever for artists to hook the listener straight away. Fortunately, this doesn’t seem to be a problem for Richlove on their mid-tempo country–pop ballad Still Holding On.
The intro, which consists of subtle guitars, intricately weaving together on top of a simple piano riff, is achingly beautiful and lays the perfect bed for Chloe’s vocal, which is sweet but also has a slight husk to it, giving it a texture and a sincerity that fits the genre perfectly.
The melody and production are both suited perfectly to the song’s lyrics, which tell the story of a couple who are losing touch in their relationship but who are holding on to the hope that it may not be the end.
With lines like ‘So now you’re telling me we’re never gonna be but where does that leave us in the end?’ the lyrics capture the sadness and out of control feeling that comes with being in a relationship that you suspect is over but you don’t want it to be. The lyrics compliment the melody perfectly, giving the whole song a reflective and heartbreaking feel.
On the first listen, I was distracted by the catchiness of the song and the infectious chorus, which is a slight increase in intensity from the verse without being jarring, but on the second listen, I became fully aware of how much there is going on in the background. There are multi-layered guitar parts, backing vocals and atmospheric drums, all of which combine to give a really full but not over the top sound.
Everything about Still Holding On is subtle but perfectly pitched, including the guitar solo, which adds to the song, rather than dominating it, leading the crescendo of the song before it drops out, leaving just piano and vocals.
On their website, Richlove claim that they’re looking ‘to create something special.’ On this evidence, they seem set to achieve this. They also promise new music and tour dates in 2019. Watch this space!
In Their Own Words
Richlove is more than just a band – it’s a family. It’s a collection of friends – a coalition of artists – a like minded cooperative of musicians all striving towards the same goals. The idea was to create something special. To not just write a few songs and play a few shows – but to create a community with common interests; who genuinely care about one another – where people can make new friends and sing, laugh and cry together. To all of us, thats the purpose of music. To create community, not just amongst our band – but with everyone we meet.