The work of Connecticut duo Grandeur is steeped in ragged post-punk and darkwave influences, with craggy craters of gaunt guitars dotted with the sounds of blaring synth rhythms. Adopting both the angularity of early post-punk and an affection for monumental melodies, they work through a collection of shadowy impulses in order to balance their tendency toward stark arrangements with their predilection for conjuring waves of ecstatic emotional release.
The band released a singles compilation, “Singles Vol. 1: The Great Famine,” in November of 2018, the result of a year’s worth of releases. And it was filled with sinister synths and terse beats and featured a singer whose voice was raspy but still melodically-inclined. It found the band working through a familiar set of post-punk influences while also carving out a unique aesthetic born from their collective musical affections.
On their latest single, “New Year,” the band delivers a dance-punk perspective that’s as intimate as it is anthemic. Guitars buzz and synths shriek in the darkness while a gruff voice bellows and persuades from within the gloom. There’s an undeniable emotional intensity built inside the song’s framework, resulting in a vivid and inescapable reality that insists upon its own musical resonance. These sounds quickly draw you into the darkness, leaving you battered and bruised but anxious for more.