Barcenilla aims high with this single, fusing superb production with heartfelt and soulful songwriting – Timeless offers a fine balance between melodic pop and synth-driven, down-tempo EDM. At the height of these winter months, this makes for the perfect kind of smooth, RnB soaked track to help keep things warm.
The vocals on this single are fantastic, rather than meandering freely and holding close to that RnB smoothness, the singer allows himself to infuse passion and grit into the performance. Always maintaining a level of artistry, these higher intensity moments meet the changing energy of the soundscape and the lyricism – so when the vocals peak and become raspy, the lyrics reach a similar moment of emotional weight as well.
In terms of the current shape of the mainstream music industry, there’s easily room for a track like this. The second and third times you listen you’re likely to pick up on one or two new intricacies that help give the song character. The opening instrumentation has a partly organic feel – you can visualize a stripped back acoustic performance as easily as you can a full band or arena style set-up. Melodically too, you start to notice the song’s development as it progresses from the quiet verses to the mighty hook – moving from a sound not unlike The Weeknd, to something a little more Prince-inspired at those peaks.
Lyrically there’s a strong balance between the personal and the poetic throughout the song. Barcenilla introduces himself as an artist with a love for music, for the production and the writing and the performance aspects all at once. Timeless is exactly what its title promises, a dance-pop moment of escapism and energy that fills whatever role you need it to.