Good Time Locomotive throttles into uncharted territory on their 6th single “Devils and Angels,” a riveting sonic exploration into the age-old tug-of-war between darkness and light within the kaleidoscopic hall of mirrors known as the human psyche. Behind the dashboard of this bullet train ready to derail is a London pop-rock duo constructing an auditory landscape where the hypnotic male vocals shape-shift dramatically between silver-tongued Mephistopheles and guardian Seraphim locked in a dangerous tango with destiny.
The track explodes open with a pulsing, racing heartbeat of an arrangement – a harmony forged under immense pressure yet still clinging to hope’s last lifeboat in the gathering storm. Guitars wail desperately against percussive trials by fire as cries cloaked in melody seem to echo from the furthest reaches of the soul itself, yearning for absolution under the blood moon.
This is a hellride aboard an emotional rollercoaster traversing the peaks and shadowy valleys of the restless spirit. One observes the lyrical duality theme expertly woven into each musical mobius strip. Throbbing bass notes seem to reverberate from the underworld’s core while flickering synth tones pierce through like beacons in the dark night of the psyche, guiding the way forward through fire and shadow toward the dawn.
“Devils and Angels” channels the careening energy between the divine and the tempting – from sovereign intensity to poignant vulnerability and back again in a human ping-pong match. In the spaces between, one catches glimmers of celebrated artists across time and genre – from Depeche Mode’s Baroque despair to The Killers’ arena-sized confessions – fellow riders on this human-powered locomotive as it navigates the treacherous terrain of earthly existence with the brakes cut.
Yet there is light up ahead – camaraderie and catharsis instead of isolation. Good Time Locomotive extends a hand on this white-knuckle journey through life’s storms. Their anthemic piece resonates deeply for those seeking their better angel by the light of glowsticks waving in the dark. Synths and Mercury-soaring vocals remind us we’re all in this together as we speed through the beautifully messy human chaos toward the dawn of hard-won redemption.