Water District is a band out of LA, and has been on the scene since early 2012. Their latest single, “Dear California,” showcases their experiences as well as promotes their growth as a band. With sweet lyrics and interesting instrumentals, “Dear California” draws you in and shows you everything that Water District has to offer. You can listen to the song below.
“Dear California” has a melody that’s attention grabbing right from the start. It’s present throughout the whole song, driven primarily by the guitar and percussions. The percussions are steady and strong. The guitars are what really draw you in though. While it might not be the best or most unique guitar playing we’ve heard here at Music Unlabeled, it is one of the most intriguing.
All of the instrumentals, including the vocals, stay towards the one melody in “Dear California.” The guitar is the main element in the melody, both following along with the melody and creating one of its own at the same time. As you get further into the song, the instruments start to become unique within the melody, each one grabbing your attention the same way the guitar did. The way that the instrumentals blend in and contrast at the same time is reminiscent of early Matchbox Twenty records, like Mad Season, for example. It’s like the instrumentals in “Dear California” make up the story more than the actual lyrics do.
The lyrics are obviously meant to be heartfelt, passionate things. You get a good sense of what the songwriter is talking about when he sings. There are lyrics and lines in “Dear California” that might take you by surprise, or might hit a note.
All in all, “Dear California” is a very touching song and a very good one at that. It’s not the best, but “Dear California” is unique in its own way. Water District have set themselves up for an amazing future with this song.