Photo © Sasha Arutyunova 2012
The album, entitled 'Keeping To Yourself' was at heart a boundary-pushing psychedelic pop record and this is a style he continues to follow on new single 'Above My Ground'. It's the epitome of a slow build-up. Beginning with little more than a basic beat, gradually adding vocals, bass and keys and upping the volume steadily as it progresses. By the halfway mark it's transformed from being a reasonably average alt-pop track to something of real promise. The vocals pause for some subtle organ which adds a little suspense and when the voice returns once again it continues to grow, feeling more and more urgent until it reaches the end of its tether and fades away. It deserves kudos for avoiding traditional song structures but does have the slight air of a work in progress about it. But as it's an unmastered version we'll forgive him and instead shake his hand for trying something that breaks with convention.
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