North Carolina’s Velcro Mary have released their self-described “disco meets hair metal” track, “Rainbow Lasers.” Instrumentally, the song features sopping wet, late-90s hacker-synths, subtle, low-mixed vocals with whimsical, surrealist lyricism, twirling together over a nice house beat.
At about 1:36, “Rainbow Lasers” changes drastically into a pounding, distorted guitar heavy, power-pop chorus, singing the song’s title with driving hair metal energy. The band was right when they described the track as having an “M. Night Shyamalan twist”; it comes very suddenly and unexpectedly, but it’s not jarring in a bad way. The song has a unique tongue-in-cheek nature to it that is funny, while, at the same time, not crossing any lines into a place of pure parody or satire. Its whim feels sincerely goofy and in the pursuit of a good musical time, not just for laughs.