Not ones to turn away from a provocative conversation, the US-based group Gigantic Hand builds a cinematic soundscape with their music. Lying somewhere between post-punk and indie-rock, the veteran musicians bring old-school sounds to a contemporary audience as a type of ambassadors from the pre-2000s. Despite their first album being released in 2009, the artists blast onto the modern-day music scene releasing various singles in 2021 – just over a decade later! Featured on Rising Artists Blog, Less Than 1000 Followers, Sinusoidal Music and various playlists, Gigantic Hand is reaching audiences on an international scale. The latest addition to their repertoire is ‘Sexy Time’.
Described by Down Peninsula Audio’s John Norris as a band that “sears and soars to a place all its own…”, Gigantic Hand boasts obscurity, uniqueness and eclecticism. A fusion of synths, dynamic guitars and pounding drums, ‘Sexy Time’ has a tinge of post-punk underlying the grunge sound. A kaleidoscopic musical arrangement, there are various elements to consider; however, all aspects come together to form a dark, dingy and slightly desperate sonic experience. The thing is Gigantic Hand’s true musicality and innovativeness lies in the conceptual tapestry of the song.
Joined by singer-songwriter Kelly Jean Caldwell on vocals, Rory O’Connor (drums and synths) and Kris Kaczor (guitar and songwriter) add another layer to the existential theme. Touching on the hypothetical end of society there is a solemnity to what could be a tender track. As I mentioned, there is a dark and dingy feel to ‘Sexy Time’ making it poignant; however, this dinginess definitely aligns with the song’s theme only increasing the melody/meaning harmony.
Overall, I really enjoy ‘Sexy Time’. A melodic flow can be felt, but the brutal honesty and rawness of Gigantic Hand’s music make the track far more soul-stirring. Perhaps this anthemic single may collide with today’s Covid-ridden reality representing our fear of societal breakdown.