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With Violet — With Money

The band's first single of the year kicks off their debut album cycle.

In an oversaturated musical landscape, we are rarely treated to tracks that truly stand out and maintain your attention the way this track will. “With Money” is the latest offering from Newfoundland-based pop-funk quartet With Violet, who served up their bid for song of the summer consideration this week. On the heels of a busy 2020, “With Money” is a solid refresher on a relatively young band, kicking off the lead-up to the band’s debut album, Long Story Short.

Vibrant lyrical fluency is met by twangy guitar finished off with a dash of saxophone. “With Money” screams pole position on the album. Few bands active these days feature vocals from all members, and “With Money” is a terrific exhibition of what an asset that can be. Layering and effervescent harmonies exult the track in a way that will have you vibing for the duration, wherever you are listening.

The band sings of a life filled with money while devoid of happiness, “Tell me what it’s worth? / When cash is all you got / How much does it hurt? / Up there at the top.” “First class flying high / Free fall with no chute in sight / Phase through a fantasy life,” as they continue down the stretch, outlining how money can’t buy happiness, despite the luxuries it provides access to.

The track finds a coveted sweet spot, upbeat while coming off as summery all in one fell swoop, their frolicking pitch tastefully dancing amongst cleverly layered ad libs and gang-vocal-esque chants.

Promotionally, the band teased the track on social channels in the weeks leading up to the drop, even sharing an inside look into the recording process for “With Money.”

In a statement through their official website, With Violet said of the single; “Lyrically, ‘With Money’ rips into our wallet and opens the viewer’s perspective. ‘You Can’t Cure a Frozen Heart With Money’ is shouted by the group as the harsh vocal (Pete; Keyboards/Vocal) pushes you through the Chorus.”