F. J. Nascimento - 'Troubled Road'

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 shining our gaze on the award-winning songwriter and composer, F.J. Nascimento. The Switzerland-based musician has impressive catalog online that showcases a fairly extensive array of styles - everything from acoustic soft rock to orchestral compositions. One of his jaunts through songwriting from the past year is entitled ‘Troubled Road,’ a lengthy, but rather beautiful ballad worth checking. Let’s explore the song.

Nascimento wrote ‘Troubled Road’ for a close friend who was fighting lung cancer in the hospital. During her near month long stay, he penned the song for her. Thus, ‘Troubled Road’ is quite an uplifting number, harnessing imagery of overcoming obstacles. Most importantly, the song conveys its vital message: Nascimento’s friend wasn’t alone. The beautiful song is a ballad of resilience, doused in soft rock musings that are especially elegant.

In a previous review I penned about Nascimento off the Spotlight, I drew a parallel between Nascimento’s vocal style and that of Joe Walsh. I think the comparison is even more apt when analyzing ‘Troubled Road.’ He sounds eerily similar to the ‘Life’s Been Good’ rocker, meaning he definitely has an unconventional voice. It has a passion to it, though, and ‘Troubled Road’ is the most suitable song I’ve heard for it from Nascimento. He’s perfectly at home in the landscape of the song.

As aforementioned, it’s a soft rock endeavor that fills itself with reverb-doused atmosphere, soft backing vocals, and anthemic choruses. The best part of the composition is the searing electric guitar that erupts out of the song to add its fantastic flair every so often. The instrument’s intense performance elevates ‘Troubled Road’ in more ways than one.

‘Troubled Road’ is most certainly the strongest pursuit of Nascimento’s that I’ve spent time with as a critic. It’s a track that he’s found his groove in, and it’s clearly a personal labor of love that he put his heart into. It’s very much worth a spin if you’re a fan of rock in the indie community that’s reminiscent of 1970s singer songwriter rock.