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 edition of Independent Spotlight, we’ll be taking a look at a brand new track by Swedish singer songwriter Ted Bergqvist. (I’m American, so goodness know I’ll be butchering that last name in my head throughout the entirety of this article.) The new song, ‘Crucified,’ drops on March 7 as a single version and an instrumental rendition. Let’s dig into Bergqvist first:
Bergqvist has spent most of his life writing music which lead to ‘A Different Shade Of Grey,’ his first EP in 2012. (No, there isn’t any relation to this weekend’s big blockbuster...) His first full-fledged record dropped in 2013, ‘From The Inside And Out.’ ‘Crucified’ is his first new work since that record and the new track is produced by Amir Aly. So how’s the track?
The independent singer songwriter industry tends to gravitate to simplistic acoustic performances on either guitar or piano. Bergqvist feels more complex than that, boasting a hauntingly beautiful orchestral piece on ‘Crucified.’ The production is of the highest quality, and Bergqvist has done a really exceptional job piecing together this beautiful number. His vocal performance is good, though it isn’t exciting or anything to write home about. The vocal style he’s adopted paired with the stereotypical lyrics make the song feel like a production void of individualistic creativity. It feels manufactured and a tad cheesy at points, “My tears are falling again...”
I actually prefer ‘Crucified’ much more as an instrumental. It’s absolutely stunning, and subtracts the cheesy lyrics that caused me to distance myself from enjoying the original take. My suggestion to listeners would be to tackle both in the same sitting and then making a decision about which appeals to you over the other. They’re really identical, minus the vocals, so there isn’t much of a reason to continue to play them both. Listeners will likely just pick whichever one suits them.
Ted Bergqvist is a wonderful composer, and an elegant performer. His vocals feel contrived, as do the lyrics, making ‘Crucified’ dramatically more memorable as a scenic instrumental. Nevertheless, both performances are impactful and worth checking out.
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