“Slip Away” (Single) by UniversalDice

UniversalDice’s latest single, “Slip Away,” stands as a commendable addition to their musical portfolio. It’s rare to get a modern single that surpasses five minutes in length, but this piece commences with a gentle piano and strings-driven ballad, eventually evolving into a distinctive rock epic, highlighting the band’s versatility and musicianship — the runtime is a necessity.

Right from the onset, the song captures attention with its evocative piano melody and delicate string arrangements. The gradual buildup fosters a sense of anticipation, drawing listeners closer as they await the culmination of the composition. It’s a tried-and-true formula in the realm of rock ballads, and UniversalDice executes it competently. As “Slip Away” progresses, it seamlessly transitions into a full-fledged rock anthem, with guitars and drums propelling the momentum forward. This shift in dynamics adds depth and intensity to the piece, sustaining engagement until its conclusion.

One notable aspect of “Slip Away” is UniversalDice’s adept balancing of diverse musical elements. While traces of a Queen B-side’s grandiosity are discernible in the arrangement, the band retains its distinctive sound throughout. The vocals, especially, are noteworthy for their emotive delivery and raw energy. According to the band, lyrically, “Slip Away” draws inspiration from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, delving into themes of life’s transience and the significance of seizing the moment. Although the message may border on cliché, its earnest delivery imbues the song with depth and resonance.

In terms of production, “Slip Away” boasts a polished and well-executed sound. Each instrument is afforded its moment to shine, contributing to the overall texture and ambiance of the piece. The mix is clean and well-balanced, allowing the vocals to soar above the instrumentation without being overshadowed. The song feels deeply-layered and almost overly ambitious, yet never over-extends itself.

While “Slip Away” may not revolutionize the music scene, it serves as a commendable addition to UniversalDice’s repertoire. The song exemplifies the band’s growth and maturation as musicians, hinting at promising developments on their forthcoming album, Misfit Memoirs. With its infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics, “Slip Away” is poised to resonate with both longstanding fans and newcomers alike. There is something undeniable about the unabashed attitude with which the band puts everything in their arsenal into all of these new singles.

In essence, “Slip Away” is a well-crafted and enjoyable listening experience. Though it may not break new ground in terms of musical innovation, it testifies to UniversalDice’s talent and commitment to their craft. Established fans are likely to appreciate the song’s sincerity and authenticity, while prospective listeners may find themselves drawn in by its infectious energy. “Slip Away” stands as a solid single that showcases UniversalDice’s musical prowess and artistic vision. While it may not be groundbreaking, it is a testament to the band’s ability to craft memorable and engaging music. With its soaring melodies and poignant lyrics, “Slip Away” emerges as a welcome addition to the band’s catalog, offering a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come on Misfit Memoirs.

Mark Druery