Songwriter Iskar D’Abrel presents a brilliantly crisp and passionate new single – one that creatively fuses the progressive rock tones of yesteryear with an notably fresh, delicate air of contemporary sound design.
Ruins Of You is a song with a distinctive musical backdrop – perhaps the first thing to grab you, this distant riff echoing softly out into the room. Soon enough, singer Marcello’s leading voice is undoubtedly the next thing to hit with impact.
This is a rock vocal perfectly well-suited to the colour and grit of a song such as Ruins Of You. Pouring through with a seductive balance between smoothness and grit, between melody and power, this voice adds a level of intention and strength to an otherwise fairly dreamlike, slightly trip-hop inspired soundscape. The lyrics and the melody are strong in themselves, sure – the melody is beautifully addictive, long-form and feeling like a timeless classic such as Twist in My Sobriety or other similarly timed alternative hits. What lets these qualities shine so brightly though is undoubtedly Marcello’s voice.
The building blocks all come together beautifully, that voice has character and heart – you believe these words, these poetic observations suddenly seem so much more real and honest. Meanwhile, that organic riff echoes out around you, and the rest of the set-up gradually gathers momentum.
The louder you listen, the greater the effect – the song is a joy to escape into; to turn up loud and lose yourself within. An absolute classic, refreshingly genuine and creatively poignant – an easy hit with a more than worthy alternative edge. Iskar D’Abrel has something special about his approach to making music and I look forward to hearing where else this process takes him.