Chris Ising keeps classic country rock alive alongside a creatively fresh and unexpected gentle, pop-like vocal lead for this brilliantly colourful, poetic and uplifting new single.
Stoplight builds up slowly from the Americana swagger of distortion and melody united – intertwined with a detailed, story-telling, country-style approach to lyricism – to the ultimately energizing hit of the song’s hook.
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.
The songwriting is strong here, the track stands tall on the strength of its own progression and development. That title concept is also simple and catchy enough to let it sink in with a single listen. In addition though, Chris Ising’s voice is notably unique, offering character and something a little left of the expected for music fans to really appreciate and connect with.
There’s emotion and fun at work all at once here, and this implies effectively that future releases could lean in any number of directions – the ballad, the full-rock soundscape – and Ising would easily be able to pull it off. Hopefully there’s plenty more to come.