Zee’s return this week presents every bit of style and skill as his previous releases, though in this case the song comes with a distinctly meaningful and quite striking underlying concept and story line. The music itself is blissfully ambient – a few gentle riffs make up the signature soundscape in a subtle yet memorable way. This musicality lays the foundation well for the reflective lyricism and emotion that follows.
There’s a lot of space on this record, the vibe is light and atmospheric – laying bare certain ideas and really keeping your focus on the thoughts within, as well as allowing you that room and that time to consider and understand it all. The songwriting deals with a young person conflicted with pending decisions – this is done with a few simple details and an easy going verse leading softly and smoothly up towards a distinctly melodic hook. The hook is really uplifting sounding, contrasting greatly with the central difficulties of the song, and this makes it a lot more accessible and inviting in more ways than perhaps a standard musical approach to struggle in might. The track brings the classic good vibes and impressive writing that audiences will have come to expect from Zee, and all the while it offers something completely unexpected and deep.
Musically, Shooting Star sets up a fairly dreamlike, pop-inspired sound-track. The delicacy and this trip-hop sort of energy work well, and then with the addition of the rap verse – the detail, the story telling, the diary-like expression of thoughts – the balance between everything works brilliantly. The verses actually bring more of a spoken word style of performance than you might usually come across – this helps further bring out the honesty and realness of the writing. The beat also kicks in appropriately, adding to the rising passion and subtle intensity. You get a sense that it means something very real to the artist behind it, and that makes it connect all the more strongly.