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.
Quite some time ago here in the Independent Spotlight, we showcased Henrik Berntsson, a Swedish music producer who releases music under the alias of Henwall. At that time, we delved deep into singles he released like ‘Seven Weeks’ and found a particularly loveable production style steeped in quality featured artists. Henwall now has a new single that’s available on streaming platforms. Entitled ‘Unbreakable,’ the song features guest vocalist Martin Carlén, a personality that Henwall has collaborated with in the past. Is the new single worth adding to your music collection? Let’s find out…
‘Unbreakable’ throttles the line between a few different genres. Primarily, it’s most surely pop music. Carlén’s performance is absolutely lovely, and as usual, he injects a wonderful amount of emotion and personality into the track. As the title suggests, the lyricism is inspirational in nature. It does occupy a few different tropes, but for the most part, ‘Unbreakable’ is a fresh effort on behalf of Henwall. The track is catchy as hell, and at the end of the day, Henwall has crafted a sound that’s rousing, exciting, and very danceable.
The instrumentation of ‘Unbreakable’ is actually rather interesting. It’s rooted in acoustic instrumentation - a guitar and occasional piano. I absolutely adore this. It feels so different than the vast majority of pop music that comes across my desk on a daily basis. That acoustic instrumentation is then accented by powerhouse bouts of synthesizers and drum machines. The result is an anthemic track that highlights Henwall’s penchant for uplifting melodies with fantastic tact.
It’s also splendid that ‘Unbreakable’ is a short track, clocking in at less than three minutes. When I sat down in the studio to review this tune, I ended up spinning it a dozen times through without realizing that kind of time had passed - it flows so well into itself. Nothing in ‘Unbreakable’ feels unnecessary, and as a result, one can loop the track for a long while without it becoming too overbearing. That’s good for a pop track.
‘Unbreakable,’ like Henwall’s previous efforts, is very much worth your time. I’d go as far to argue that it’s the best of his music that we’ve discussed here on the Spotlight. Spin it on Spotify now!