Track Review: Silhouettes // SweetCell
The brainchild of singer-songwriter Joel Alexander Keane, SweetCell is a merging of indie-rock, alternative rock and pop with undertones of folk. Known for his energetic and enthusiastic stage presence, this Australian artist effortlessly engages with his audience. Formed in 2019 with a debut album out in 2020, SweetCell is a relatively new fish in a great rock music pond. Yet, despite the newbie status, Joel has already grabbed the attention of Amplify, Triple J Unearthed, Essentially Pop and online radio stations. Continuing with the vulnerable and sensitive sound, SweetCell recently released the single ‘Silhouettes’.
The first single released by SweetCell after their 11-track debut album Outer, ‘Silhouettes’ shows the evolution of the band. While previous tracks like ‘Outer’, ‘On Their Sky’ and ‘Pangloss’ have a heavier grunge influence, ‘Silhouettes’ is a soothing indie-pop song with folk undertones. Reminiscent of Citizen Cope, Tame Impala and Muse, the new single has a smooth melody immediately throwing you into a hazy swirl of sound. Yet, while there is a harmonic flow between the instrumentation, there are signs of grunge-influenced guitars interspersed throughout the single.
Delicately arranged with shoegaze instrumentation, ‘Silhouettes’ has a fragility to the melody; however, there is a boldness in the rich guitars and keyboards. Moreover, Henry’s dulcet tones enhance the warmth of the single. The thing is, despite the haziness of the track the meaning has a sombre poignancy showcasing SweetCell’s depth of content. Touching on themes of depression, life challenges and anxiety, ‘Silhouettes’ exposes the fragility of the human soul. Yet, the lyricism is executed in such a way that it leaves a sense of optimism and hopefulness.
In addition to the single, SweetCell released an official music video for ‘Silhouettes’. A representation of life in Melbourne suburbia, there is a humbleness to the visuals. Nostalgic reflection is seen in the black and white video, but the interspersed character outlines introduce a further element to the track. I would share more commentary but certain lighting effects make the video unsuitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy. You can view the video here.