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Local Nomad: “Young Vampires”

By: Eric Reyes
May 28, 2020

Youth is marked by recklessness, restlessness, the impassioned pursuit of the here and now, the fleeting. Eternal youth is the vain pursuit of many people, especially those acutely aware of the fragility of their life, and the brevity of their youth. And love, be it eternal or brief, will always be sought out, by beings immortal or otherwise. Frontman Michael Desmond gives us a snippet into this twisting, winding philosophical quandary with his Pop Revival song “Young Vampires.”

Desmond’s voice is dynamic throughout, from the husky, spoken-word bridges with no affectation or vocal manipulation, to the higher-register intonations which ring and tremble and waver. The simplistic instrumentals backing him here work to draw out the story-like quality of the lyrics, the more textured Synth-pop sections adding a danceable element that breaks up the slower stanzas. 

Local Nomad brings us a song we can take literally or figuratively, and we, as the audience, are not disappointed no matter the path of understanding we take. Reminiscent of 80’s Dream-Pop, this track follows the fiery fling of two immortals, one of which coming to understand that, while their lives may be forever, love isn’t guaranteed to follow. I enjoyed the fantastical wordplay and lyrical storytelling on display here, and you will too. Stream it below, and tell us what you think of it on social media at: @gasmaskmagazine.

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