After their addictive debut EP just over a year ago, LA alt-pop band machineheart are ushering in a new era with their new single “Stonecold.” It’s a bit of a change from their most pop-oriented past, but the heart of the band is still there in this brooding, emotional number with a pulsating foundation that turns it into something else entirely.
“I hate the whispers in the stairs but I lost you so now who cares,” the song recounts, setting up the turmoil that is still to come. It is about being wronged in a relationship, and the moments and feelings that follow.
Lead vocalist Stevie Scott says of the song, “It was written during a moment of clarity, the kind when you are able to see life from a third-person view and see the situation for what it really is.” This approach was something that was a bit of change for the band’s method, and has really slowed them to evolve as a band and prepare for their next stage in life.
The never-changing flagship of machineheart is Scott’s phenomenal vocals. With “Stonecold” she gets the chance to be a little softer, but not without showing off what she does best. The final productive is expressive, evocative, and real.