Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on 3Dimensional, an indie pop duo consisting of two brothers, Coleton and Logen Pickett. A relatively new outfit, the two young performers cite influences the likes of Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, and the Backstreet Boys. With a handful of singles under their belt, 3Dimensional have picked up serious steam on social media, too. Is their music worth delving into if you’re a pop fanatic? Let’s find out…
‘Netflicks & Chill’ is the track that 3Dimensional has garnered significant attention for online, and frankly, it’s unsurprising that it’s their most appealing track. It’s radio bubblegum through and through, doused in reverberated dance beats and culturally relevant, modern colloquialisms. If you aren’t a teenager, though, ‘Netflicks & Chill’ will take “cheese” to a whole new level, as the two brothers sing about seducing their date as Netflix plays in the backdrop. But, hey, the song actually has a mention of consent, and that’s really awesome.
While ‘Tables Turn’ will also be appealing to angst-driven teenagers, it’s far more elegant and mature than ‘Netflicks & Chill.’ It’s a familiar story: boy falls hopelessly in love with a girl only to be torn inside out by her indiscretions. “What does he have that I don’t?” 3Dimensional questions as a lovely bed of synthesized string sections and pianos rise and fall in beautiful harmony. It’s chock-full of naivete, sure, but ‘Tables Turn’ is an actual display of thoughtful lyricism and composition, making it the best track of the bunch.
Living up to their name, 3Dimensions adds another further dimension to their sound in ‘I Want It All.’ It turns out that one of the two brothers is, surprisingly, a serviceable rapper. This is hindered by the self-indulgent nature of the lyricism, unfortunately, but again, 3Dimensional is young guys being young. They’re singing about their desire for stacks of cash and legions of fans. It’s not exactly literary stuff, but it’s easy to recognize that it’ll be good radio, sing-along music for young pop fans.
The last full-length single 3Dimensional has available right now is ‘Far Away,’ an anthemic tune that’s essentially the score to a spring break vacation. The hip hop section of the track is by far the duo’s best, eclipsing ‘I Want It All.’ Again, 3Dimensional won’t be winning any awards for originality: these songs use the same formula every Top 40 hit does nowadays. It’s clear the duo is striving for that sound, however, and they’ve captured it well.
Is this good music in the grand scope of the art form? No, not particularly. Is it the best music on earth if you’re an excited teenager on summer vacation blasting it out of your half-broken car stereo? Most certainly. That’s the audience for this music, and that’s perfectly okay.