Route 500 is a Brighton-based indie band with a dramatic, anti-pop sound and intriguing vocals that portray reclusive impressions of life and dissociative experiences. Since the release of their last single, “The Slowest Sting,” we have been eagerly awaiting Route 500’s return to the music scene. The band has just dropped their second single, titled “Not Today,” in anticipation of the release of their debut album, which is slated to come out later on in this year.
The lyrics of the song paint a picture of life seen through a hazy lens, as if the subject were gazing at the world through a window that was covered with droplets of rain. This song is, to put it simply, dissociation set to music. Another song that comes to mind that has a vibe that’s quite similar to this one is “Duvet” by Boa. The writing is exquisite, the arrangement is particularly outstanding, and the chord alterations are nostalgic yet unpredictable. It takes you on a journey through the author’s innermost thoughts and emotions and leaves you with a sense of catharsis as it concludes.