While I predominantly cover singles on here, I’ve always been an avid consumer of albums. More often than not, this results in some songs that I adore but others that I detest. As a remedy to this issue, we have Beast Sides! These songs put the Beast in B-side and are either stronger than their accompanying title track or songs that are just too solid to leave out.
I didn’t even realise until I started writing this that I’ve yet to write a fully dedicated post for Lucy. The boys were one of my favourite bands of the last year and with fantastic songs like Flowering, Snooze and Flare, it shouldn’t be hard to see why. And while I really meant to write about lead single Hero (would be around an 8.5 for those wondering), I just couldn’t muster the time. But that all changes now because I just have to talk about the other track on the groups latest project. The majestic Stove.
At a rather lengthy 6 minutes and 17 seconds, Stove is more a commitment than just another listen. In a landscape where we’ve become accustomed to sub 3 minute long singles that come and go within the blink of an eye, it’s mildly refreshing to see a song that takes its time to get going and revels in every single second of its long run time. And while too long to actively be promoted as a single, Stove functions perfectly as an album highlight. It’s a track that you need to fully immerse yourself in from its opening bars to fully appreciate and while that might seem difficult at first, Stove‘s snowballing structure assures that you won’t get bored. It’s a song that’s constantly growing, from nothing more than sparse vocal led opening line to arguably the years most stirring climax. There’s a suitable sense of warmth that surrounds the song, from its gorgeous melody to the stunning instrumental and finally the bands immense vocal blend, every single second of Stove feels like it’s telling a story.
Which is probably why I love it so much. Slight tangent here but one of my favourite soundtracks of all time is the one for the hit Japanese anime film “Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)” performed by Radwimps. And while Stove is entirely in Korean, its general vibe reminds me heavily of the many songs and instrumental interludes from that soundtrack. And that’s something I don’t say lightly. But as great as this is, in true Lucy style, Stove truly comes into its own during its chill inducing climax, which opens with main vocal Sangyeop’s stirring high note before pulling back to near silence and then slamming back in with renewed vigour and an additional choir of voices that elevate the entire experience into something much more grandiose and cinematic. Though there have been many songs this year that feel more instant, few have been as emotive and majestic as Stove.
Final Rating: 9.25/10