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.
It’s always nice to feature an artist on the Independent Spotlight from the opposite side of the pond. Voice in the Attic, the moniker of BC Bogey, splits his time between Cologne, Germany, and London. He’s a critically acclaimed musician and wordsmith with an expansive repertoire of previous work and accolades. ‘Over’ is the debut release of his Voice in the Attic project, an atmospheric and folksy tune exhibiting his prowess.
Bogey has a deep, murky voice that accents his simplistic folk style quite well. His delivery is emotional and intense with an aura of mystery surrounding it. ‘Over’ is an introspective song, something Bogey describes as ‘metaphysical certainty’ as a result of a childhood near-death experience. In said experience, he saw the light that he’s referring to in ‘Over.’ This level of personal emotion makes ‘Over’ the haunting track that it is. It feels seamless, reserved, and carefree. It’s such a sad number. It is, though, sadness that feels peaceful and positive.
The instrumentation couldn’t be more perfect for the subject matter. It’s a very brief acoustic backing with sparse string sections. I enjoy the brevity of the sonic landscape; it makes it feel more genuine and focuses on Bogey’s beautiful lyrics. It shines the spotlight where it deserves to be and doesn’t feel pretentious or forced. It feels very honest.
‘Over’ is a superb little track and I love where Bogey is going with this Voice in the Attic schtick. With that said, I’m not sure a whole record of that would remain sufficiently interesting. I hope the rest of the endeavor fleshes out a full-fledged record, one that ‘Over’ will most certainly be a poignant highlight of. Keep tabs on Voice in the Attic - he’s an act going places and I can’t wait to see where he ventures next.
Listen to the new track: https://voiceintheattic.bandcamp.com/releases