New Jersey-based band Cultt of She have just a powerhouse of a new track. Their new single, “SUM OF ONE,” not only showcases the dynamic vocal talents of Jess Bariletti but also brings to the forefront a powerful message of self-empowerment and unity. Accompanied by a music video, this track stands out with its heavy side and striking vocal harmonies.
From its onset, “SUM OF ONE” sets itself off with a powerful presence. The opening sequence of the track is a masterclass in musical buildup, featuring a blend of distortion that merges seamlessly with the thunderous, almost primal drumming. This introduction not only sets a robust tempo but also hints at, honestly, what I would call some light progressive elements embedded within the song, showcasing the band’s willingness to experiment a bit.
The guitar work in “SUM OF ONE” deserves special mention. The riff, hard and unyielding, serves as a a great backdrop for everything this track hits you with, giving the song a solid foundation upon which the other elements build. This riff is a statement, bold and unapologetic, embodying the spirit of the song.
The vocal harmonies, especially in the pre-chorus, show’s off the bands band’s cohesive strength. This section of the song, where the band members join in, creates a great sound that is both intricate and harmonious. The chorus then takes this momentum and elevates it, delivering a powerful punch that is both exhilarating and emotionally resonant, give the tracks sort of uplifting subject matter.
The song takes a dynamic turn after the second verse. The shift to a slower pace with a solitary guitar and drums is a masterstroke in contrast. This segment offers a brief respite. The percussion then gradually builds, creating a sense of anticipation that grips you. This buildup takes us to the summit of a riff fest explosion.
The climax of this ascent is marked by an awe-inspiring guitar solo. It bursts onto the scene with a vitality that captures the essence of “SUM OF ONE,” a mixture of raw energy, emotion, and impeccable musicianship. This solo acts as the exclamation point to an already amazing guitar focused track.
“SUM OF ONE” by Cultt of She is a meticulously crafted piece of music. Each element, from the initial distortion and drumming to the gripping guitar riffs and harmonious vocals, contributes to a song that is both powerful and nuanced. The track stands as a shining example of the band’s talent and their ability to create music that is not only technically proficient but also emotionally stirring.
I think that the track is a vibrant and stirring anthem that encapsulates themes of unity, resistance, and empowerment. The lyrics convey a message of collective strength and the power of solidarity in the face of adversity. Throughout the song, there’s a recurring motif of overcoming oppressive forces, symbolized by images like “toppling tyrants,” “sparking riots,” and “breaking silence.”
At the heart of the song is the idea that together, individuals can form an unstoppable force. This is vividly illustrated in lines like “We are one / You never counted on” and “When we all stand up / No one can make us fall.” These lines serve as a rallying cry, emphasizing the power of unity and the impact it can have.
The song also touches on themes of rebellion and defiance. Lyrics such as “The restless few / Who couldn’t stay quiet” and “Our numbers grew / Became the defiant” speak to the growth of a movement, starting from a few voices that gradually swell into a chorus of dissent.
I like the touches such as “the ground swell,” “the deafening thunder,” and “the crashing wave” adds a layer of elemental power to the song. These metaphors suggest a natural, almost inevitable rise of collective voices against injustice and oppression, painting a picture of a movement that is as powerful and unstoppable as forces of nature.
It’s a great expression of the belief that unity and collective action can bring about change. The lyrics are a reminder that when people come together, they form something greater than themselves – a sum that is formidable, resilient, and capable of challenging the status quo.
And I must say, this is going on my workout playlist.