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 the Independent Spotlight, we revisit Christopher T, the man behind the rising house label, Lovely Drops. Previously, I sung Christopher’s praises in the Spotlight for his creatively engineered music and direction. I’ve also tackled one of his new artists on the Lovely Drops label, Stonedove. (Check out that review as well; it was published right before this one.) So, Christopher T has a lot to live up to in order to maintain my reverence of his productions. His new single is ‘Homeward Bound,’ featuring Sanna Hartfield. Does it stack up to his label’s previous releases?
First thing’s first. If you’re like me, the song title clicked immediately as Simon and Garfunkel. Sorry, no correlation. Fortunately, it is something that’s significantly intriguing in its own regard. ‘Homeward Bound’ is much like Christopher T’s previous endeavors: atmospheric, intelligently composed, and rather minimalistic. On the production side, this soothing electronic composition will lull you to sleep in its beauty. (In a good way!)
Sanna Hartfield is the showstopper here. Matched elegantly with Christopher T’s excellent production, her haunting vocals are absolutely stunning. It’s incredibly soulful; her voice is perfection for this kind of music. This is an amazingly fruitful collaboration and without Hartfield, there’s no way this would have been as good as it is. Christopher T is a fantastic composer, but she completes the package.
Przemaz B. takes the reigns on the B-side to provide a remix of the track. A remix needs to have creative license and take the sound in a direction the original didn’t. This upbeat house mix does exactly that. It’s a tad long, but it’s very, very good.
I love Christopher T. He remains one of, if not my favorite indie electronic and house artists. He has immense talent and I’ve yet to see him falter. On the contrary, his music is getting consistently better. Keep your eyes out for Lovely Drops releases; they’re starting to become something quite good. Check them out below: