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’re going to be tackling ‘Island Dreams,’ a new single from Galianos Faction. The band name is a moniker for Michael Galianos, a singer songwriter from New Jersey. The new single features Swedish vocalist Jasmine Chloe as well. Let’s check out the new song.
Obviously, the new song has a very ‘island’ vibe. It works really well, though, and accents Chloe’s vocal style. Lyrically, the song is fairly simplistic, but catchy and interesting nevertheless. I’d align the song as a carefree pop song; it isn’t designed to be something terribly insightful. It’s a love song about beach cafes and island dreams.
Production wise, the sound that Galianos crafts is pretty solid. The percussion in particular is quite strong, cascading around Chloe’s vocals with tact. The electric guitar tidbits are also quite excellent, especially the searing solo towards the end of the track. Galianos does a fine job capturing the island sound he’s endeavoring to.
Chloe’s vocal performance is equally as strong as the instrumentals. There is something worth mentioning, though. There’s a bit of a disconnect between the vocals and the instruments. At times, the song feels like a karaoke track that Chloe is singing over - it sounds like the instrumentation was recorded first and Chloe hopped in after the fact. As a result of that, she sounds like she’s in a predetermined box at times, giving the song a bit of a karaoke feel. I get the impression that the two weren't in the same room when this was recorded.
At the end of the day, ‘Island Dreams’ is a nice little summer tune for your playlists this season. There isn’t anything wrong with it whatsoever, I just felt a bit of a disconnect between the two performances on the track. It’s certainly worth checking out, though, especially if you’re a fan of a good pop song. Check out Galianos Faction at the links below: