Ritt Momney carries a unique blend of style within their music

Ritt Momney carries a unique blend of style within their music

Amanda Bartolovic

Without meaning to, I found myself hiding underneath my draped blanket as the late hours of the night crept into the morning. Time ran past me while I scavenged the corners of Youtube surrounded by darkness. My hands crackled and clicked rapidly, digging deeper and deeper into Spotify playlists like an emaciated animal searching for the very thing it needs to keep moving forward—in my case, good music.

I occasionally find myself tangled in this mess just to find a new song or an artist that sparks my interest. However, in that moment of lost time, I came across nearly no one. Sure, a few mediocre artists popped up here and there, but no one who truly stole my attention. No one unique.

Then, I stumbled upon Ritt Momney.

With my next click, a calming, yet interesting, tune flowed through my ears. The soothing melody intrigued me. So, I listened some more.

One song followed the next, and eventually, I fell into a deep hole, exploring the variety of music found under the band’s name. In those very moments began my appreciation and affection for the band Ritt Momney.

Ritt Momney began as a project six kids put together after high school in 2017. The band name itself comes from the famous politician and former presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. The music they created had a light rock sort of feel, slightly reggae. As for their music career, life moved forward and the six members frayed apart. After a year hiatus, five of the members decided to start recording music again, and the lead singer in the band (Jack Rutter) started writing songs that are a touch softer and quieter.

Recently, the band released a new single, “Pollution/Disclaimer,” and I’m quite satisfied with its quality. The song hops around throughout its 4:32 minutes, exposing a strong sense of emotion within its lyrics and sounds.

It begins slow, almost giving off a wistful tone. Although it isn’t the most thrilling song, it is a comforting one. It is a soft blanket on a chilly afternoon, giving off warmth to a freezing body. As it progresses, the second half brings a much lighter and happier melody to the atmosphere. It’s bouncy, similar to a spring afternoon. The slowness then returns, wrapping the song up. Leaving you with birds chirping and drifting piano notes, it comes to a stop with a slow decrescendo.

The overall tone of the song is calming and mellow, yet it isn’t boring. It’s a song that makes me forget everything occurring around me—a song that grabs the collar of my shirt, pulls me forward, and immerses me into its soothing notes and vocals with each listen.

What makes this song even more interesting, other than its sound, is the message hidden between the lines. The lyricist, Jack Rutter, tells the audience that he wrote this song as a personal vie for attention from an old lover. The slower, sadder beginning displays how he lost himself after the relationship. He felt broken and struggled to move on independently. The second, happier half shows how he has taken steps forward away from the old relationship and into a better place.

The four other members of the band helped Rutter put his feelings into an art. This song wasn’t written for money, other people, fans, etc.; instead, it was written as a personal release of true emotion. It’s honest, rather than artificial, and this can be difficult to come across nowadays. Because of the song’s soothing feeling and the fact that the truth acts as a foundation underneath the lyrics, each listen is worth its 4:32 minutes.

“Pollution/Disclaimer” holds a style tantamount to other music this band creates. This pattern of lighter and relaxed music is an umbrella that overarches most of the band’s music as a common theme.

Not only has the band written this single, but they also have other songs as well. This includes an album, Theatre Kid. The album was released in the summer of 2017, and it features a slowed cover of the Beatles’ song “Golden Slumbers” (a personal favorite of mine). Although it’s awfully difficult to be compared to the Beatles, a very well known and successful band, Ritt Momney does a nice job of adding their own touch to it. With this alteration of the song comes a warm, reminiscent feeling. It leaves you floating within a content aroma.

Since this album was created before the band’s year-long hiatus, there is a little more variety of style in the songs that comes along with “Golden Slumbers.” One song in the album has the same name as the album itself, which places importance onto it. The song, “Theatre Kid,” contains a slightly more “rock” feeling when compared to the band’s other songs. It has “teenage angst” written all over it. Overall,  the song “Theatre Kid” is a strong example which shows that the band occasionally branches out from it slower music.

For the future, common themes and genres within the band’s music will be tricky to predict because of the instability of its members. It is unknown whether they will follow down the path of more softer and lighter music or chase after the more exciting guitars found inside the rock side of their style. Either way, this band is a unique gem that not everyone will enjoy. If one does find pleasure in Ritt Momney’s music, they will roll in between the blurred lines of their wonderful, soothing sounds. They will be able to listen to the blend of lyrics, which carries honesty and truth. They will have the opportunity to open their eyes to a small yet powerful group of people. Such a young group of kids has proven to contain a great deal of talent, and I’m thankful to witness and absorb their music and messages contained within each song.