Track Review

Track Review: Ophelia Headstrong // Bosola

Described as being “hopeful, fragile and melancholic” by Spotlight Music and “absolutely essential listening” by NARC Magazine, UK-based trio Bosola is a shining light in the indie-rock scene. A relatively new group, Bosola made their entrance in 2021 with the debut ‘Soil & Dust’, and since then have released several singles and one EP. Featured in The Other Side Reviews, Sinusoidal Music, Find No Enemy, NE Volume, Headbangers News and Punk Rocker, the lads and lady are reaching audiences on a global scale. The latest addition to their discography is ‘Ophelia Headstrong’.

Lying somewhere between Manic Street Preachers and The Verve, ‘Ophelia Headstrong’ is a heavy though mellow track. Filled with pounding drums, dynamic guitars and gruff vocals, Bosola takes you on a journey through a misty sonic forest. Yet, while there is a hazy ambience, the melodic arrangement is strong, bold and hard-hitting. Finding a balance between soul-soaring, spine-chilling sonic tingles, and laidback, surf rock grunginess, ‘Ophelia Headstrong’ explores almost every aspect of the kaleidoscopic soundscape with cinematic eclecticism.

While the melody is enough to have you twirling about with your eyes closed, it is the lyricism that highlights Bosola’s depth as a band. Exploring the conceptual theme of chasing your dreams and aspiring to be the best you can be, Bosola looks at the associated problems one might face. Looking at success but also the misogyny and criticism for being a successful female, ‘Ophelia Headstrong’ is both a cautionary track with the celebration of empowered women. It’s intimate, intriguing and really a tale most women can relate to.

So, what do I really think of ‘Ophelia Headstrong’? Big, bold, anthemic and awesome, the song is truly captivating. I can’t wait for more from this talented threesome.

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