Review: Race Against Fate/“Casually Leave”

Race Against Fate/“Casually Leave”

17 Feb, 2014 Matthew Forss

The Canadian pop-rock group influenced by some South Asian string and drum arrangements, Race Against Fate, showcases their best on “Casually Leave”.  The song employs the talent of Vik Kapur on vocals and electric sitar, Morgan Doctor on drums and tabla, Scott Nelson on guitars, Mark Coradetti on bass guitar, Y. Karkason on Hammond organ, and Mark Morgan on trumpet. .

“Casually Leave” opens with a few tabla beats and drums with electric sitar sounds and reverberating Hammond organ noises.  Vik Kapur’s lead vocals move the song into musical dimensions akin to Venice, Sister Hazel, and Toad The Wet Sprocket.  The backbeat mirrors that of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” which was popularized on the CSI New York television shows as a theme song.  However, there is no direct correlation between that song and “Casually Leave”—only a resemblance.  The chorus sparkles with glistening guitars, pop-rock drums, and scintillating bass-lines that harkens back to the days of the 1960s or 70s folk-rock music.  The music flows with such melody and rhythm with tabla, bass, electric sitar, drums, and Hammond organ sounds throughout.  The final chorus adds a few trumpet blurts to give it a classy, somewhat jazz vein.

“Casually Leave” is a four-minute pop-rock song with a mix of interesting sounds that suggest a South Asian presence that is clearly North American pop with a jingly guitar base.  The various sounds and instruments create a mesmerizing and engaging musical experience.  The pop song is very textured and unforgettable.  The roots-infused, pop-rock concoction is influenced by South Asian elements all composed in a Canadian context.  If you had to choose one song to listen to this year; it better be “Casually Leave”.

Review by Matthew Forss
Rating:  5 stars (out of 5)