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Single Review: **JOY** featuring Mark Vanilau - The String of Strength

30 Mar 2018 // A review by Alex Moulton

*JOY* is not a producer that I am familiar with, but he has plans to release three EP’s over three months and to do so three more times throughout the next 12 months. Nine EP’s within a year is near enough the definition of prolific, but the real question will come down to whether these nine EP’s will be high quality.

The first single released from the first of these EP’s Mother is The String of Strength featuring Mark Vanilau (who has worked with Dave Dobbyn’s band, Fly My Pretties, TrinityRoots, Hollie Smith, Eru Dangerspiel and Ladi 6.

Beginning with some alternating gentle and heavy piano parts, before the electronic drums are introduced. Vanilau has a beautiful vocal style fits well in the R&B and Roots-style and works well with this minimalistic electronic piece. The combination of cello and piano is delightful and flows well. What holds the song back, however, is the percussive side of the track; the drums and other percussion have a Lo-Fi quality to them that is harsh, distorted and lacks any bass or volume to them, contradicting and disrupting Vanilau’s vocal performance.  

A nice track, that is just lacking a few pieces that prevent it from becoming a brilliant track.


Review written by Alex Moulton

 

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