Tora and Keelan Mak prove less is more with ‘Wouldn’t Be The Same’
Something that the Australian music industry is proving time and time again is that you don’t have to make the loudest noise to have the biggest impact. A lot of this country’s most exciting music in 2018 is coming from artists that have a knack for knowing what to do with silence as well as noise. It’s a tricky balance, and one that listeners might not factor in, but when it’s done right it can leave you breathless. That is exactly what’s gone down in TORA‘s new track ‘Wouldn’t Be The Same’, with the help from KEELAN MAK.
Reminiscent of a Glass Animals deep cut, it’s a track that oozes from start to finish. The honeyed vocal performances by both Mak and Tora lead vocalist Jo Loewenthal are like colourful waltzes, as their voices twirl in and out of the pulsating beat and deep-running bass. However, it’s the subdued nature of the song that makes it shine the brightest. There’s never too much going on at once, and Tora have ensured that every single element of the track gets its turn to dance in the spotlight. There’s a clarity to ‘Wouldn’t Be The Same’ that would be lost if there was anymore going on, which means the band and Mak knew just when to hold back.
All in all, it’s the sensual intrigue that’s embedded in Tora and Keelan Mak‘s ‘Wouldn’t Be The Same’ that makes the song so appealing. The songs lets you in just the perfect amount – not too little to leave you bored, and not too much to leave you overwhelmed. It’s a masterclass in juggling noise and silence, and it looks like these guys have passed with flying colours.
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD