Track Review: Rainbow Fall // LearningToDive
Merging elements of post-punk with new wave, LearningToDive is a Wellington-based solo project that will drag you back to the 1980s. The creation of multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Bravo Bonez, LearningToDive shows great similarities to iconic acts like The Cure and Depeche Mode. Featured on YMX, Mystic Songs and The Other Side Reviews (just to name a few publications), this talented artist is turning heads on an international scale. The latest addition to his growing discography is the single ‘Rainbow Fall’.
Taken from his upcoming EP Norwegian Pop, ‘Rainbow Fall’ is a cinematic presentation of dynamic instrumentation and bold vocals. Creating a hazy ambience in which you can easily lose yourself, the track has a moving quality. While the song is a swirl of sound wrapping you in a warm blanket, the provocative lyricism ensures you don’t lose too much control.
Technically not a political track, ‘Rainbow Fall’ does invoke a sense of anthemic protest touching on the power of the media and manipulation of the mind. Almost a theme song for George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, LearningToDive uses a moving narrative to enhance his rhetoric of mutual acceptance and reconciliation. Described by Bravo Bonez as “a single for reconciliation between Left and Right”, ‘Rainbow Fall’ is an exploration of the power of dark forces to persuade one to act in a “Big Brother” way; however, the vocals have such a soothing quality that there is a lingering sense of empowerment and hopefulness.
Side note: Norwegian Pop is set for release in March 2021.