Curtsy – ‘One Less Thing’

Light and ethereal indie-pop with a beautiful male/female harmony.


Wash away the midweek slump with some ethereal indie from Curtsy. Their latest single ‘One Less Thing’, taken from their debut album ‘Something I Can’t Control’, is a church of reverb with a duet of divine vocals.

Female and male vocal duets often work extraordinarily well in reverb-coated guitar music. It’s something about the contrasting tonalties that just feels right in a musical context, colouring the instrumentation according to whoever is delivering the most prominent vocal. ‘One Less Thing’ encapsulates this perfectly, with male vocals dominating the push of the verses and female vocals leading the hook.

Of course, none of that vocal intertwining would work without something good to flow underneath. A rumbling bassline, staggering drums and crystalline guitarwork are definitely good enough to provide a strong undercurrent melody. The bass and drums ground the song and offer a sense of stable consistency while guitars ring out luxuriously with no set placement, soaring off while everything else stays relatively linear.

Put it together and you’ve got a fantastic indie track from start to finish, with a beautiful melody and contagious chemistry.

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