Review of Dedication by The Band Camp Diaries

Elite Fitrea is a music project led by frontman and songwriter Bryan Day. The concept of his music is based on a very melodic, haunting and atmospheric tone, inspired by artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Beck or Slowdive, just to mention but a few.

His recent single release, “Dedication” is a great example of what happens when thought-provoking songwriting blends in with great production aesthetics. The song has a detailed and diverse soundscape, with many different elements that add weight and depth to the music. One of the most interesting aspects about “Dedication” is certainly the way Bryan set out to combine his fondness for a wide variety of genres, ranging from the grit of post-punk, to the weight of industrial music and the hard edge of electronic rock. This song showcases the project’s extraordinary versatility, as well as Bryan’s ability to think ahead of the curve and achieve creative music that escapes traditional categories and genre definitions.

Certain songs essentially flow through your speakers, moving you with sound and lyrics. This is certainly a good thing, but the real magic really happens when music can make you see and imagine things. No folks, I am not talking about psychedelics or hallucinogenics, but I am referring to the true power of cinematic songwriting. Listening to “Dedication” is like diving deeper into a huge universe with a powerful story. The more you listen, the more you feel lured into this immersive and awe-inspiring experience.

The single was also released with a tasteful b-side track, titled “The Arsonist (Hey, Liar). This song has an even darker vibe, showcasing yet another side of Elite Fitrea’s personality and vision. This b-side has a very dark and introspective vibe, and the vocals make me think of artists such as Soundgarden and Nirvana, only replacing the rock instrumentation with drones and dark soundscapes in the vein of bands such as early Sigur Ros. The sound is direct, industrial and deeply haunting, making for a beautiful coda for this project.