The guys of Australian indie band Calais know how to rock. Forming in 2013, Calais has since put out a few singles and an EP, impressively arranged and produced with multi-instrumental goodness courtesy of vivid synth paired with grungy strings and heavy-hitting percussion. Last month, the guys tried something a little different. On their very first Havering Session, in which the band offers loosely-based acoustic versions to their songs, Calais got comfy at home with some coffee and performed a stripped-down version of “Seeing It All,” originally rich with intense percussion. Here, though, each member tones their solo work down, meeting in the middle of a light melodic reiteration.
The “Seeing It All” live performance opens with a few casual shots of the guys enjoying their morning, before an otherworldly pulsing guitar rings out, accompanied by a subtle sparkling piano line. Once each instrument slowly slips in, the unity of the arrangement produces an atmospheric, ethereal sound. Lead vocalist Tim Lollback takes it slow, and his breathy, intimate delivery is a beautiful companion to the building eruption of soft rock rhythms. Throughout the track, a steady synth beat throbs beneath complex, creative instrumental growth. On “Seeing It All (Havering Session),” Calais revisit the track with gentle innovation, giving it a carefully curated treatment of lush melody and passionate rhythm.
Watch the video for Calais’ stripped-down “Seeing It All” version right here: