When it comes to pop music there are hundreds of stylistic variations but there is just that one type that will immediately make you feel good just a few seconds after pressing play the first time. “Where To Go” happens to be one of those tracks and with its steady groove and catchy lyrics it is difficult to resist moving along to this song. From the very first few seconds the driving rhythm instantly creates a laid back cool vibe and as the other instruments join in, the track becomes more and more fun by the second, making for a great end-of-summer tune which will definitely put everyone in the mood for some more good nights out.
Apart from having a fresh instrumental arrangement, SnDs gives us a song with a tuneful vocal melody, sung with a warm and distinctive tone,and a well balanced set of instruments which suit the mood and give just the right amount of energy to the song, making it appealing for a varied audience. The structure simply carries you along with the groove and before you know it you will be pressing play again!
Opening up with a steady groove that immediately captivates the attention, in combination with luscious melodic phrases and a laid back vocal, Sabatino manages to create a very atmospheric vibe that really depicts living the good life. Apart from this, as the name suggests, there is a touch of Italian flare in the music which is also very prominent in the immersive music video featuring picturesque Italian views of the Mediterranean sea, making for a brilliant summer song.
Apart from interweaving lyrics in both English and Italian, “La Bella Vita” features mellow percussions, smooth and atmospheric guitar phrases and most prominently a rich breathy vocal tone which colours the song with deep and dark notes as well as high and bright sonorities. What was particularly intriguing in fact was the bridge featuring vocal improvisation at a surprisingly high register, drowned in digital atmospheric effects which truly highlight Sabatino’s unique sense of musical aesthetic. Apart from being a well crafted fresh summer song, “La Bella Vita,” indeed has its own character which allows it to stand out from the rest.
Rarely does the music world gift us with a vocal as smooth as Matt Johnson of The The. Casomado brings that in spades over a backdrop of lovingly filtered hip hop beats on his new track Rose Plague. Wrapped in light guitar licks and inquisitively pitch-bent synths, Rose Plague is the perfect complement to any time spent from the chill haze of a morning routine to a cooldown from the day’s trials. Its appeal is in this ubiquitous appropriateness. The word viral comes to mind.
This is music you could meditate to. You could get lost in it and enjoy some lovely introspection. In the company of others, this could be mood music for an intimate conversation just as easily as it could be a soundscape for exploring a virtual world with friends. This music is electronic in nature but also exudes a natural, organic feeling. It fits right whether you’re clearing the dancefloor before the next DJ set, or if you’re exploring a woodland trail hoping you reach the summit by sunrise.
Casomado displays tenderness in his approach to both his own performance and the context of his presentation. It’s always refreshing to hear a musician who really seems to swim in his music, as opposed to swimming over it. It’s a quality we don’t always get to hear outside of shoegaze or dream pop. These influences are a welcome addition to Rose Plague’s rooted hip hop sensibility.