#songoftheday / #amlistening = MICHAEL RIDER: “BREAKTHROUGH”

As a thick bass line lulls you in and gently massages your brain while stabbing piano keeps you from getting overly relaxed on Michael Rider’s intoxicating new single, “Breakthrough.” For the next four minutes and forty-four seconds, you’re going to venture on a psychedelic pop odyssey. Prepare your magic carpet and lift off!

It’s a window Michael is smashing through in the song, but it should work just as well as a metaphor for whatever obstacle is in your path. Whatever walls you need to take a hammer to and decimate so you can move forward.

“I’m my own friend,” they sing, sounding perfectly at home in the world, having conquered whatever was in their way. I take it as their way of saying they don’t need anyone else, that they can conquer whatever they’re up against just fine on their own, thank you very much.







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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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