Jenna Reviews Yoke Lore’s “Dead Ringer”

Jenna Reviews Yoke Lore’s “Dead Ringer”

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In the space of just three years, Brooklyn-based Yoke Lore has made serious waves on the US indie music scene. This project is the solo endeavor of Adrian Galvin, best known for his work as a musician for Yellerkin and as the drummer for Walk the Moon. Since releasing debut EP Far Shore, Yoke Lore’s music has resulted in three EPs, millions of streams, and a coveted spot on Taylor Swift’s “Songs I Love” playlist. Currently headlining a North American tour, it seems there’s no stopping this talented artist, and his latest release, the single “Dead Ringer,” is another gem to add to his already impressive music catalog. 

“Dead Ringer” is a sweet and soulful track inspired by Galvin’s own reflections on his need to stay unattached whilst moving through life. I, like many others I am sure, can relate to the topic of self-preservation. Upon first listen, I was immediately moved by how simple yet beautifully emotive the song is. The lyrics use word play and evocative metaphors to create a poetic feeling:

“I’ll sleep when I’m older, and I’ll die when I’m dead
Try to find change but I run like a river / I never knew love but you’re a dead ringer.” 

On the inspiration behind the track, Galvin said in a press release “‘Dead Ringer’ is about pace. I like to move fast because I believe in progress over perfection. I get over things fast and like to move on to the next thing quickly.” “Dead Ringer” presents listeners with a glimmer of hope that it’s okay to slow down and embrace vulnerability after all. Expanding further on the topic he says “I could be missing out on some really wonderful information that I would get if I stopped to smell the roses once in a while.” In the case of “Dead Ringer,” it’s a budding romance that triggers this epiphany. 

Blending an indie pop sound with a melodic dance beat, “Dead Ringer” is a catchy track that you’ll quickly find yourself singing along to the chorus of. For me, the element that makes the music of Yoke Lore truly magical is Galvin’s incredible vocals and songwriting style. “Chin Up,” released earlier this year, further exemplifies this. Like “Dead Ringer,” the song takes darker subject matters like resentment and insecurity, and envelops them in the positive message of changing one’s perspective for the better. In addition to his meaningful lyrics, Galvin’s stunning vocal harmonies help to give his music a certain atmospheric quality that could deliver even the darkest subject matter in a calming way. I think it’s these very aspects of Yoke Lore that makes this artist someone to watch for the future. 

Score: Returning after lengthy travels abroad when suddenly you see home with fresh eyes and a newfound appreciation. 

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