The new Digital Skies & Rude Service song Death & Rebirth is full of sublime emotional moments that keep escalating the intensity of the cinematic Hardwave track, eventually bursting into one of 2022’s most memorable culminations in the genre. What makes the track even more impressive is the fact that the conceptual sci-fi sound of Digital Skies features his own vocals, the robotic autotuning effects on which create a unique contrast with the orchestral sections of the song.
Digital Skies builds Death & Rebirth on the intersection of the synth & bass-heavy, groove focused parts, the lush, organic orchestration and the extreme drops that are perhaps the only things that may remind one of the more traditional Hardwave sound. Digital Skies’ pursuit for fresh sounds is noticeable all over his new song released via Rude Service. At its most intense moments, Death & Rebirth throws at the listener an amount of energy that makes the track comparable to a Metalcore record. And, at its more melodic parts, there’s enough texture and atmosphere to compare Death & Rebirth to an Ambient record.
It’s not surprising that the transitions between those two dichotomous parts are the place where Digital Skies’ emotional and cinematic take on Hardwave shines in its entire brightness. While not being the central elements of the new song, the way they bend its dynamics and make the song’s development organic is really impressive. It seems like one of Digital Skies’ ways to make a track work is building bridges between such little segments and gluing them together with the use of a more traditionally structured foundation.
However, this is a thing that one may or may not realize only after getting familiar with all the details of the record. And the best proof that those details work is the fact that they keep the listener interested in the song even after multiple listens. One way or another, Death & Rebirth‘s conceptual depth alone is enough to make the track stay in the playlists of the fans of the genre for a very long time.