HATEM – They Won’t Let Me Grow

Singles / Words

07 Nov 12

Spanish hipster four-piece HATEM’s ‘They Won’t Let Me Grow’ is complex in its swooping, aesthetic sythy beats and keys which stomp up hill in cymbal-led array.

Velvety in its construction, bassy footing contrasts with elated and wiry melodic components to create sharp alterations to the feel, ultimately rewarding with an electronic tone M83 would steal by night.

This is exciting pop, even if it inhabits a space not entirely free of competition.

There seems something of a revelatory spirit creeping from tentative declarations, murmured against porous, syncopated rhythms. ‘They Won’t Let Me Grow’ carries an appreciative and responsive air, conjuring excitement for the full length LP, out later this year.

Hola a Todo el Mundo’s (HATEM) “They Won’t Let me Grow” is 3.30 minutes of dreamy, sun-drenched pop, overflowing with warm snyths, lilting guitar and pleasantly hazy, harmonised vocals. Listening to it in my glacial office, I can practically feel the warmth of the Spanish sun radiating from the speakers.

This track is the first single from the Madrid-based group’s third album, Ultraviolet Catastrophe, which is due for release in February 2013. The album’s ten tracks pay homage to the ten vignette’s that form Roy Tiger Milton’s otherworldly poem of the same name and the band have said that in making the album, they sought to recreate his world of a reality unrestrained by the hum-drum of everyday life. Here’s hoping the rest of the album is as blissfully evocative and transportative as “They Won’t Let me Grow”.


HATEM’s ‘They won’t let me grow’ is a track I would term as electro folk pop but you can call it whatever you bloody like.

Vocals echo out over a mix of light guitar work and swirling synth lines. It’s a track which simmers for the most part; an enjoyable melodic haze. Apart from the memorable synth line at 2 mins 18, which helps to pull the track back from the brink of that simmering mediocrity and threatens take off. However due to it finishing shortly thereafter, means it is never propelled into those dizzying, higher musical planes.

This feels like a band experimenting with their sound, and in my eyes that can only be a good thing. Though it’s a track which will probably be put on the back burners, HATEM are a band that I’ll continue to watch with interest.


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