Usually, when talking about tracks, I will tend to review only one at a time. However, for Oh Geronimo’s new single, it is best to discuss both A and B sides of the single. This is because together, The Flood and Waves (The Flood Pt. 2) perfectly exhibit one holistic musical concept.
It is impossible to talk about this set of songs without making light of its inspiration. This is because the song is so thematically linked to it inception and backstory, that it would foolish not to consider it. Basically, due to heavy rain and snowmelt in the Ontario winter-to-spring transition, singer Ciarán Downes had much of his basement flooded, and as a result, many sentimental items were destroyed by damp and mould. Taken quite tragically, and as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, Oh Geronimo wrote The Flood and Waves (The Flood Pt. 2) based on the event.
Much of this backstory is explicitly told in The Flood (albeit in lyrical fashion), and it is told with plenty of heart. Downes reaches his epiphanic climax with the realisation that “I guess it takes disaster for me to see/everything I should and shouldn’t be”. Musically, The Flood can be likened to a modern, indie pop re-imagining of R.E.M. (with some cheeky banjo snuck in for good measure). It is simple yet effective, and while not absolutely arresting, the music serves to soundtrack the story well.
Now, while The Flood may be the charming retelling of the real life events that occurred, its B side Waves (The Flood Pt. 2) represents the spiritual and symbolic effect the event has had. At not even 3 minutes in length, Waves (The Flood Pt. 2) takes the listener on a gorgeous and thrilling journey with a chiming guitar figure that ushers in an atmosphere for falsetto vocals to soar and glide. All this culminates in a breakout guitar section that features superbly interlocking guitars, in a way which seems to realise an epic majesty.
While maybe not incredibly cutting edge, The Flood and Waves (The Flood Pt. 2) prove how effective songwriting can be when inextricably connected to a inspired concept. These two songs should be applauded for their differing musical and lyrical ways of translating an inspiration into song form, not to mention that they are both quite enjoyable.