Sometimes when writing a song you don’t know what it’s about until it tells you. Often I come away & think, ‘Wow, that was actually what was being said?’.
There’s so much personality & emotion in the performance as the song moves from the gentler, almost whispered verses, to the much more bold sounding hook.
The soul that comes through seems effortless & natural, the performance expresses the emotion of the moment beautifully.
What emerges as a soft natured ballad with a gentle jazz backdrop, soon erupts into a funk & soul driven escapade – complete with a sensational sax solo.
The songwriting is refreshingly honest & reflective of the upfront reality of life. The depth & soul of any great singer, beaming with individuality.
A musical portrayal or representation of what it is to be alive. The synths & keys offer a winding, unpredictable journey through the mind of the artist.
Far from formulaic, these songs appear as a passionate stream of consciousness, a jam, a collective pursuit of creative freedom & therapeutic expression.
A strong introduction to the Chicago based singer & songwriter. The more you listen, the more the melody, lyrics & energy imprint their good vibes on you.
James Keen’s vocals are always up there as a personal favourite. Ran For Cover showcases those unique & hypnotic characteristics in an almighty manner.
There are numerous hooks & riffs to revel in but there’s equally as much genuine emotion & reflective artistry. Well written, thoughtful, inspiring songs.
A little bit of all that is beautiful, presented in an unpredictable way. A minimalist set of building blocks & a gorgeously peaceful few minutes of audio.
All at once distant & intimate. The artist’s vocal performance is gentler here than on previous recordings, though it always has a captivating softness.