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 evening’s Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on an artist we showcased last November, Henrik Berntsson. Assuming the moniker of Henwall, the Swedish house producer released ‘Where R You,’ a single that I lauded for its creative design and enjoyable atmosphere. Now, Henwall is back with another single. Let’s dig into ‘Seven Weeks’ and see how it stacks up to the content of Henwall’s that we’ve previously discussed.
One of the better things about ‘Where R You’ was its blissful occupation of a space that fit it absolutely perfectly. It didn’t attempt to be overly deep, and as I remarked, it was perfect for pump-up workout jams and uplifting playlists. ‘Seven Weeks’ is very similar; it’s one of those “live life to the fullest” tracks. Guest vocalist Martin Carlén croons about living while young, because nothing can kill or hurt you in youth. More so, he just wants more time to be young and healthy, actively avoiding the old age tropes of wrinkles and wheelchairs.
Like its predecessor, ‘Seven Weeks’ is not deep. In fact, its lyrics aren’t even too well written, and actually fall into awkwardly grim areas at times - save the “knocking on heaven’s door” for Bob Dylan. This is a review, however, of a producer. So let’s talk about the instrumentation and production of ‘Seven Weeks.’ It’s incredibly good, and redeems the lackluster lyricism in nearly every way.
Henwall’s synthesizers are dynamic, upbeat, and chock-full of good vibes with a wide sonic palette. I love the usage of acoustic instrumentation throughout, pianos, acoustic guitars, and other sly, but noticeable composition elements make the track an enjoyable one to listen to. Thus, I think this is actually a good track that lends itself well to the same settings as ‘Where R You.’ While the lyricism isn’t terribly good, Henwall’s production is lovable in more ways than one.
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