LA’s Lauren Rosas returns this month with a brilliantly immersive new single and captivating video to compliment it.
Intended as a message of hope to other survivors or those currently stuck in this world, You Can’t Hurt Me No More speaks openly and emotionally, touching base on the issue of sex trafficking and reigniting the public’s awareness of it.
In many ways, Francis Bowie is a master chameleon, a champion for eclecticism, yet without sacrificing his sense of self at any point; far from it.
Leading with a touch of that country twang, a blues or folk-like soundscape, a quietly uplifting shuffle of a rhythm, and an almost trip-hop-like aura on the whole, the song strands tall on the strength of its own concept, and Kris Angelis more than delivers.
The leading vocal is notably accessible, that boy-next-door tone intrigues during the verses, then peaks with superb passion and vibrancy for the chorus, and meanwhile the instrumentation continues to weave an upbeat and musically satisfying web around listeners.
Complete with an organic set-up, and clean, clear vocals that contrast well with much of contemporary music’s finishes, Heartbeat Of My Life is easily one of Wembi’s most energizing and memorable songs yet.
From humble beginnings, to the unexpectedly anthem-like, choir-style brightness of a hook, from optimism through mild uncertainty, from keys to sax, the whole thing is unpredictable in a beautifully comforting manner.
The compelling, descending, long-form melody of the verse paves the way with perfect anticipation towards the ultimate and mighty resolve of the hook.
We’re all too busy for the important things sometimes, too busy being right, self-involved, arguing. We should be busy being happy resounds from the quiet instrumental break, staying with you long after listening.
It connects for its purity, for the changing level of passion in the voice, and for the skillful way in which the soundscape reflects and reinforces all of this. Beautiful.
The best way to experience a song like this is at volume – headphones, isolation, absolute escapism. Beautiful.
“Sufjan Stevens was a huge inspiration. So I began bleeding that with folk sounds like Mumford or Lumineers. I also spent a lot of time listening to speaches by Alan watts.”