THE BLUE HOTEL
HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW
Let You Down
The COVID lockdown created a unique situation, one fraught with negative and positive elements. One of the more surprising aspects was a sense of collective reassessment that people experienced, allowing them the opportunity to put life on pause and ponder their priorities. Melbourne trio The Blue Hotel responded creatively to the event, as they say when asked about the inspiration for their new release Let You Down. ‘It was written during the second long Melbourne lockdown and was just stream of conscious writing which seems to reflect the temper of the times.
I guess a feeling of loss and uncertainty and searching for something more than what is being offered. On top of that, there is a truth to not wanting to let the ones you love down. It is a song of hope.’ Let You Down is the follow-up to Silence, the single from earlier this year that firmly established the band’s eclectic contemporary pop style. The trio of Jenna Roubos (vocal/piano/synths), Nathan Thomas (guitar/vocal/synths) and Benjamin O’Brien (drums/beats/percussion) have once again created a stimulating blend of late-night club grooves and emotional intensity, all reinforced by an ethereal melodic sensibility and refined performances.
After a series of successful releases, including the band’s debut EP Stand in Gold, The Blue Hotel has gone from strength to strength, affirming their position with more singles and the 2019 EP Into the Firelight. The new track features a subtle melodic focus underpinned by sophisticated performances and unfaltering attention to sonic detail, with the production utilising keys, synths, guitars and varied rhythmic accompaniments. Let You Down is cinematic in scope yet unexpectedly intimate also. As the band has said about their artistic ambitions, ‘Long term we hope to push ourselves into all different areas of music and also push our live show to be something more with the addition of visuals which we create ourselves. Our creative goals are not something which we contrive rather we are constantly working.’