The Impersonators – “Effigy”

The Impersonators formed in 2013 when Tommi Tikka, the other half of Finnish pop/rock band Carmen Gray’s songwriting team, joined forces with lyricist Antti Autio to write some new songs. With this particular group, Tikka wanted to have complete artistic control over the songs he recorded, a different approach than the work Carmen Grayrecorded for major labels. For most of 2014, Tikka auditioned musicians for the new group, ultimately deciding to play all the parts himself. With that decision, The Impersonators became a group of two songwriters – with Antti in charge of the lyrics and Tommi in charge of the music. Their goal is to nurture and cultivate the creativity, spirit, and warmth that graced the pop records of yesteryears. In their own words, “The best way to describe the sound of The Impersonators is to call it sixties-flavored “alternative pop/rock”. In March of 2018, The Impersonators released the video for their song, “Burning Blue”, and August 17, 2018 saw the release of their single titled “Broken Snow”. In the Halloween season of 2018, the band released their latest track, “Effigy”.

In their own words, “With its thunder-and-rain sound effects and “demonic” guitars, “Effigy” was written and recorded with Halloween in mind but it’s also a song about “killing” your ego.” The band continues, “We all have egos for the simple reason that we all need something to make us feel important. This sense of importance can come from religion, work, being attractive or having special talents – really, the list is endless. The problem with egos obviously is that they are fleeting and at the end of the day, rather meaningless. Whoever builds their confidence this way builds it on a very shaky ground.”


“Effigy” begins with phased out and smooth electric guitar chords establishing the melody. The cool beat and rhythmic tones join in as they head into the first verse. The vocals have a unique personality with philosophical lyrics that activate your mind. The chorus has the massive sound of an anthem that fills the air with its catchy melody and instrumentation. The cross between this giant sound and the mellow swagger of the verses gives the track ever flowing energy, with hooks and turnarounds that solidify the writing. The bridge takes a dip into the strange with a muddy vocal line and dramatic chord change before heading into the epic guitar solo. The chorus is booming with movement and a euphoric flavor that really makes this song stand out. You can listen to “Effigy” on our Prime Cuts Playlists on Spotify and Youtube and follow The Impersonators on the links below. Please continue to support artists like The Impersonators and share this music with everyone you know.

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