Alt-Rock Group Dichotomy Deliver High-Powered Single "Fortunately"
With a whole slew of EPs and full-lengths under their belt going back nearly a decade, Minneapolis-based band Dichotomy are tricky to define. They’ve dabbled in genre-defying cacophany on early EPs, electronica later on, and a whole lot of alt-rock cropping up here and there. Last year, Dichotomy released Plastic Jungle, an album settling into the band’s indie-leaning ways with a more robust rock sound abounding throughout the record.
On “Fortunately,” especially, the guys of Dichotomy craft an intriguing blend of indie-rock meets prog-rock, a high-powered anthem to blast loud. We asked the band to tell us a little about “Fortunately” and its new music video — here’s what they said.
"Lately we’ve been putting together shows at Day Block Brewing Company in Minneapolis, where we have been collaborating with brewer Adam Weis to conjure up new beer ideas and new show lineups. That was the primary setting for the video.
Our videographer Brian Kelly really captured the raw energy of our live set that night. The song itself is a nice pummeling of guitar and quiet-loud dynamics, which is downright therapeutic to play live.
Like a lot of the songs on the new album, it's about a certain flavor of frustration with not being able to communicate. I wrote this one with just an acoustic guitar, which is pretty rare for me. I acquired a new guitar that day and was sitting on my bed strumming and it just spilled out, really quickly, in about half an hour. The words moved around quite a bit, but most of the music just fell into place almost like it wrote itself. Sometimes you get lucky and hit a wave.
What a cliche story I just told."
Cliche or not, the story is just right. The song and music video for “Fortunately” go together hand-in-hand, mirroring each other’s tug-of-war tones and emotions. The track opens with a plucky guitar riff wavering in volume, accompanied by vocals doing the same — every component of “Fortunately” straddles the edges of cool quietude and in-your-face power. At their most energetic, the percussion is a dynamic smash of smacking beats throbbing beneath growled vocals giving their all. When the arrangement hits its climax, each member of Dichotomy deliver a full-throttle rock performance, going hard with high-powered, rapid-fire rhythms. During the cool-down periods, the band eke out a slinky indie arrangement fueled by subtle distortion and simple drum beats. The music video captures “Fortunately”’s duality perfectly, alternating between spinning, dizzying shots of a dark performance and gentler fade-outs of black-and-white footage. All together, “Fortunately” is a raging package of anthemic indie-rock catharsis.
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