Sentient Robot – From The Outset (Your Own Way) (2020)

Carving out your own path can be a daunting experience. Sentient Robot is here to tell you that you’re not alone and they understand what you are going through with their single ‘From The Outset (Your Own Way)’. Based on the experience of their lead singer, it looks at rebelling against societal expectations and pressure.

Using a range of instrumentation from guitars to glockenspiels, the band sets you up with the knowledge that sometimes you need to go your own way. Nat O’Brien (vocals), Steve Marsden (guitars), Pete Marshall (drums) and Sam Morris (bass) combine this feeling with their playful and rich sound. If the song itself does not get you going, the accompanying music video just might.

‘From the Outset (Your Own Way)’ hooks you with some good vibes from the very start. The 80s synths draw you into the song with this melody that gets you moving to the rhythm. There is an easiness to the melody that gently sweeps over you while hooking you to the band’s sound. The light notes that come and go through the melody add this lovely higher level to the track that enhances the nostalgic vibes.

O’Brien’s vocals are at times playful and then soaring. He has this ability to draw you into the single with a smoothness that melds with the layered melody. The lyrics have this uplifting message that makes you feel that it is fine to go your own way. The moments of shouted encouragement add to this feeling and leave you feeling uplifted.

The music video for the single is a lot of fun to watch and has a bit of a retro vibe to it. The imagery used links to the lyrics, but there is a subtlety to it that makes the video more enjoyable. The video also balances the need to go on your own and the pressures you feel from society. The messaging in the video is as gentle and smooth as the single itself encapsulating every emotion the song evokes.

Sentient Robot uses personal experience to let you know that you can rebel and go your own way in ‘From the Outset (Your Own Way)’. Using a range of instrumentation and rich vocals, the band bolsters you and leaves you feeling emotionally fortified for striking out on your own. The accompanying music video is enjoyable to watch and uses subtlety to push the message of the track.

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