Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this review, I’ll be taking a look at a new track by Christopher T, a dance mix called ‘Unfolded.’ Before delving into the track, however, I would first like to briefly overview Christopher and his music identity.
Christopher is a San Francisco-based musician on the record label LovelyDrops, a label that focuses on house music and ‘high quality electronic music.’ Christopher acts as the label’s owner and A&R rep, giving him quite a few hats to wear throughout the musical process. LovelyDrops in itself is something to be proud of; Christopher is extending his hand musically by creating his own record label, something that is becoming increasingly more popular and increasingly more beneficial to the music scene, as it supercharges the industry with a constant flow of independent music.
‘Unfolded’ is the track in the spotlight and immediately the production quality is abundantly apparent. It has a wonderful studio sound to it, a refreshing instance of professional production amidst an electronic music scene with an overflow of shoddy self-produced EP’s and independent artists fiddling with MIDI’s and Garageband.
The piano in the mix is especially intriguing, since so often house music devolves into mindless beats on a drum machine passing through drop after drop without much musical individuality or identity. ‘Unfolded’ feels like a smarter dance mix: it has an eclectic piano that defines the sound, and it introduces haunting female vocals halfway through. As the layers build around each other, the song offers one of the most complex electronic soundscapes I’ve heard in quite some time.
At the heart of ‘Unfolded,’ you have a excellent atmospheric production. As you dig deeper, the vocalist and piano create a much more impactful experience. This is the kind of sound that can be classified as ‘intelligent music,’ which can only truly be created by a musician and producer with a firm grasp of the technology paired with a powerful artistic vision. As ‘Unfolded’ unravels towards the end of the track, you aren’t attacked by an overly dramatic dance drop, rather, the song fades into itself as a gorgeous instrumentation echoes out.
Christopher T’s ’ ‘Unfolded’ is one of the most intelligently designed and tasteful electronic mixes I’ve reviewed this year from an independent artist. It stands as an excellent centerpiece to a growing independent label manned by Christopher, one that certainly has the talent behind it to persevere into the industry.
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